Last year, sales from Goodwill stores funded employment training, job placement services, financial education, youth mentoring and more to 9.8 million people in the United States and Canada. Here in Minnesota, Goodwill is supporting greener transportation by adding electric vehicle charging stations at some of their stores.
Goodwill stores are where shoppers find treasures, just the right items to give a second chance for use in their homes or to wear. Their attractive displays offer a resplendent variety of new and used household goods, furniture, and clothing. As a focus of the Goodwill-Easter Seal Minnesota workforce development program, the stores provide essential training and employment opportunities — helping those in need while providing a greener shopping experience through reuse and repurposing.
The recent addition of electric vehicle charging stations at some Goodwill stores supports greener transportation. Retailers find providing this service attracts new customers who are also likely to spend more time in the store. The ideal store locations within each region of the metro area make them convenient for the DC Fast Charger service which charges an electric vehicle in 20 minutes. This is another example of how Goodwill Stores are growing business value alongside environmental excellence.
Gary Schettl is an electric vehicle owner who uses Goodwill store DC Fast Chargers almost weekly when commuting for work. While his vehicle is charging, he often spends time shopping in the store. In addition he explained, “I typically keep a stash of items to drop off in my LEAF and turn them in to Goodwill just before starting my charge.”
“We believe offering these Fast chargers on-site is a convenience that Goodwill customers appreciate and reflects our shared commitment to doing what is right for our communities and the broader environment,” expressed Lynne Dahl, Goodwill-Easter Seals Director of Store Design and Property Management.
Goodwill stores with DC fast charging stations
- Brooklyn Park: 7051 West Broadway Ave
- Chanhassen: 80 West 78th St
- Forest Lake: 197 19th Street SW
- Fridley: 5660 Main Street Northeast
- Monticello: 3991 Cedar St
- Roseville: 1627 West County Road B
- Savage: 5925 Egan Dr
- Shakopee: 4450 12th Ave E
- St. Louis Park: 3575 Minnesota 100
Check out this video of the 24 Hour Charging Challenge, featuring the PEV Owners Circle member, ZEF Energy, Galactic Pizza, and the 36LYN Refuel station at an event held this spring.