Developers plan to open Winona Goodwill store by early 2016

Friday, September 25, 2015

Winona Daily News

Oppidan Investment Company announced Friday that it plans to open a new Goodwill store in Winona by early next year.

The company, which purchased the former Sterling Motel on Gilmore Avenue near Hwy. 61, demolished the hotel and began construction on the store last month.

The facility will be 17,500 square feet and will include a retail store and a drive-through drop-off donation center, the company said in a statement Friday.

The project is estimated to cost Oppidan $1.1 million; the company paid $600,000 for the building and land, according to county records.

The company also purchased an adjacent piece of property, formerly where the Happy Chef was located and now next to the expanded Subway, for $335,000.

Oppidan is also in the process of building a similar Goodwill store in New Richmond, Wis., the company said.

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“We are very pleased to continue our long-standing partnership with Goodwill by developing these stores. We believe both of these locations will serve Goodwill and the Winona and New Richmond communities well,” said Oppidan developer Jay Moore in a statement.

The Winona and New Richmond Goodwill stores mark the 10th and 11th that Oppidan has developed in the past five years. The other locations are all in suburban Twin Cities communities.

The Sterling Motel opened early in 1955 and was owned by the Heydt family for a half-century, until the family chose to sell the operation and get out of the motel business.


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