OSKALOOSA — Oskaloosa’s Goodwill store is permanently closed.
According to a news release from Goodwill of Central Iowa, due to impacts from COVID-19, Goodwill Oskaloosa, along with stores in Grinnell, Waukee and South Des Moines will not be reopening.
Like many other businesses, COVID-19 and the resulting store closures during March and April caused financial hardships for the non-profit organization. According to the news release, this had a significant negative impact on Goodwill, since the non-profit organization receives over 80 percent of its funding through retail sales.
Jackie Norris, Goodwill of Central Iowa’s President and CEO said, “We will continue to re-evaluate our locations to make sure we have retail stores and mission programming in place where they need to be. We have a large real estate footprint and ultimately, it’s imperative that we make some reductions now that will allow us to weather this storm so we can continue serving the community for years to come.”
According to the news release, Goodwill of Central Iowa is working to re-deploy as many impacted employees as possible to fill other positions throughout the organization.
“We care deeply about our employees and have continued to provide them support and services while they’ve been away from work,” Norris said. “Continuing to pay for the employee share of their health insurance, offering assistance with food and essential living expenses and following up with them regularly through text messages, videos and personal phone calls are just some of the ways we’ve supported our employees through these past few months.”
The Ottumwa Goodwill store has re-opened, along with other Iowa locations.