New Goodwill Store In Lehigh Acres

Good news for Lehigh Acres residents. Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida is planning to build a new and improved store in Lehigh Acres properties.

Recently, Quatronne & Associates’ Michelle Salberg presented at a meeting of the Lehigh Acres Community Planning Panel in the Bravo District Substation community room. According to the vice president of retail and operations, Robert Randall, the existing store has outgrown its space. The store is located in a plaza just off Lee Boulevard and Homestead Road. Randall said in a statement, “We were looking for a new location to expand operations in Lehigh.”

The planned store will located at 4622 Lee Blvd. The new location will require the demolition of a model home. The said home is on a little less than 2.8 acres. According to the report of Cristela Guerra of, Goodwill will put in extra parking and green space for landscaping. Once the store opens, the management is expecting to hire 35 people. The project is anticipated to open in 2013.

The store will bear a resemblance to a number of larger Goodwill stores in Fort Myers and Cape Coral. LACPP member Steve Conti said, “Once this gets out that it’s going to be a Goodwill project, it’s going to be accepted by the community fantastically.”

For people who wish to bring their donations, there will be an allotted loading zone and Dumpster toward the back of the building. This will be the covered drop-off area.

Members of the panel gave suggestions on how Goodwill could improve the structure in line with the most up to date community development plan. Suggestions include the option of more than one entrance to the Lehigh Acres property. This is to cater to nearby sidewalks for pedestrians and bike riders.

Carol Cherigo said, “The very nature of your business is catering to people who are less fortunate,” She added, “There are bus stops nearby.”

Linda Carter, who is a member of the panel and commissioner of the Lehigh Acres Fire Control and Rescue District, believed that instead of knocking down the buildings present on the site, she would like to burn the structures so that firefighters in the area can use it for their training. Still, further conversation is required to figure out this plan.

The panel gave the project their stamp of approval with modifications and recommendations, which include a deceleration lane, additional sidewalks and parking lot lighting.
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