Goodwill to open two stores this spring, including the thrift boutique Deja Blue

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Goodwill has plans to open two stores this spring, one in Longmont and a boutique in Cherry Creek, which will be do-good organization's 25th and 26th stores in the metro area.

Goodwill Industries of Denver (@goodwilldenver) is opening the Longmont store at 1750 North Main Street, and is now looking for thirty people to staff the place, which is in the former Albertson's in Westview Plaza.

The Longmont store is tentatively scheduled to open in mid- to late April.

"Longmont is kind of perfect community for us; it's somewhere where we feel like we can get great donations but also provide a service to the community with the kind of gently used items people need," says Jeni Anderson, a Goodwill Denver spokesperson.

As such, a job fair is scheduled for Thursday, February 2 through Saturday, February 4, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Applying online is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome, too. For more information, call 303-650-7700.

The store is looking for everyone from front-end cashiers to "processors," the folks who sort through donations and make sure that what goes on the sales floor is clean and in good condition.

And if you're looking for a discount, employees get that, too. But as at every other retail job, shopping on the clock is not permitted -- and employees don't get first-crack incoming donations.

"If it goes on the floor at 5 p.m. and you're off at 6, sure, you can go shopping," Anderson says.

Why Longmont?

"This is our third store in Boulder County and we've been doing really well," she explains. "We have one in Boulder and Lafayette, and Longmont was the next natural fit for us."

Deja Blue in Cherry Creek

As for Cherry Creek, Goodwill is slated to open a boutique -- Deja Blue -- on Saturday, March 17, but that space will only need six to eight employees, and the staff has been fleshed out by internal candidates. It will be at 303 Josephine Street, in the former Homer Reed Ltd. space.

"The idea is that we'll be able to maximize the value of our higher-end donations," Anderson says. "It's going to be all clothing. The higher-end clothing, designer jeans, labels you can find in our current stores."

The donation processors don't need a degree in fashion to sort them, but they are being trained now. "We're teaching those people about, 'these are labels to look for, here are brands to keep your eyes out for,'" Anderson says.

On the surface, tony Cherry Creek seems like a weird neighborhood for a thrift store, but not one of this type, say Anderson: "We put it [in Cherry Creek] because we think it's a go-to place for shopping and this is going to be another destination where people can find amazing merchandise, but at really good prices."

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