Goodwill Industries of the Valleys is opening the area’s first outlet store Tuesday in Salem next to the existing Goodwill store on East Main Street.
The idea for the outlet store came out of Goodwill’s successful warehouse auctions, said Lucie Touchton, spokeswoman for Goodwill Industries of the Valleys.
“We decided we wanted to open these deals to people more often,” Touchton said.
The outlet store will have items that didn’t sell in other Salem and Roanoke area stores. Those items will be sold either by pound or for a set price.
For instance, textiles (clothes, belts, purses) will be sold for $1.39 per pound. Customers who buy more than 25 pounds will receive a discounted price of 99 cents per pound.
Housewares and toys will sell for 59 cents per pound.
Books, shoes, small appliances, CDs, DVDs and electronics will have set prices.
Revenue from the outlet store support Goodwill’s training and employment programs.
All merchandise is sold as is, and all sales are final, Touchton said.
The store is located at 1489 East Main Street and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.