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New Goodwill Outlet Store Brings Jobs to Corpus Christi

Vacant since the flea market left in March, Moon Plaza at 4135 Ayers St. will soon be renovated into a Goodwill Outlet Store, the first in South Texas. The outlet is expected to open in the fall. Photo by Roland Chiapoco

The first Goodwill Outlet Store in South Texas will open in Corpus Christi this fall, bringing 80 full-time and part-time jobs to the area, announced Goodwill Industries of South Texas. The facility, which will include a distribution center, e-commerce division, and new goods program, will be located near the Port Ayers bus station in the vacant Moon Plaza building at 4135 Ayers St.

As the liquidator for Goodwill retail stores, Goodwill Outlets sell clothes and other items such as housewares, media, and toys by the pound (except for large items like furniture). Items are not presorted, but customers can sort through merchandise bins to find what they want.

Most Goodwill thrift stores move unsold items off the floor after six weeks. These go to the outlets. Cost at an outlet store is usually 75 percent less than at a Goodwill retail location.

The 60,000-square-foot building will be split between the store, which will occupy 10,000 square feet, and the distribution center, e-commerce division, and new goods program. These departments are moving in from other locations.

Goodwill Industries is leasing the property from new owners Joe Adame and Associates Inc. and plans to invest $2.5 million in the remodel. Adame bought the property from James and Micah Moon in February. It has been vacant since Moon Plaza Flea Market moved to Gulf Coast Racing at 5301 Leopard St., where it is open from 7 AM-3 PM Saturdays and Sundays.

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