Goodwill Industries of New Mexico is expanding its footprint to Carlsbad.
The new store and services center is located at 1108 West Pierce St. The 23,000-square-foot space will offer career service development, skills training, veteran programming and other resources.
Scooter Haynes is the general contractor on the project. Shauna Kastle, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of New Mexico said the facility should open by February 2024.
“Part of the reason that we’re opening in Carlsbad is because we need to make sure that we are branching out to other parts of our territory that we’re currently not serving, and Carlsbad is one of those locations.” Kastle said. “There is an absolute need for services in Carlsbad, and we’re currently doing a community needs assessment to make sure that what we’re providing matches the needs of the community.”
Goodwill also recently started to lease the former Tuesday Morning store at 700 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE. The organization plans to renovate the facility to better suit its operations, but the 19,000-square-foot project is facing delays in permitting approvals, Kastle said.
Despite delays, the nonprofit aims to open the location by late November, she said. Barnsley Construction is the general contractor on that project.
Kastle said the new center is located off of Interstate 40 and “is more accessible and easier for donors to reach.”
Combined, the company will hire 37 employees to staff the two new locations, Kastle said. Wages start at $13 per hour.
With the addition of the two spaces, Goodwill will have 18 locations across New Mexico. In 2024, the charitable organization plans to open two more locations in the Albuquerque metro, Kastle said.
Since 2022, Goodwill has helped over 14,000 New Mexicans “enhance their skills and find jobs,” Kastle said. The company employs over 400 workers across the state and uses revenue generated from sales to fund their programs and services.
“Having more retail locations provides more revenue to support the programs and services that we provide free across the state,” Kastle said. “We have so many programs that we want to start providing, but we need the revenue for before we can launch them.”