Thanks to contributions from a Tacoma couple who are longtime Goodwill supporters and from JPMorgan Chase, Goodwill will open the third in its series of "blue" boutique stores Thursday in Sumner's downtown.
The store at 926 Main Street will carry designer brands such as Tommy Bahama shirts, Chicos' blouses, pants and jackets, INC women’s and men’s clothing, Jones New York, Ann Taylor, Ralph Lauren, Talbots, Lucky Brand & 7 for Mankind, True Religion, DKNY, J-Jills, Coach, Dooney & Bourke and Fossil clothing and accessories along with children’s clothing.
The store's costs were underwritten by gifts from Clara and the late Ottie Ladd and JP Morgan Chase. Ottie Ladd owned and operated Kentucky Fried Chicken stores throughout the region.
The boutique is the third such store in the local Goodwill's network of 34 thrift stores in 15 Washington counties. The store will offer designer merchandise at prices 60 to 70 percent below retail prices. The other "blue" stores are located in Tacoma's Proctor business district and in Olympia.
The new store's profits will help finance Goodwill training programs for 50 unemployed persons, said Goodwill CEO Terry Hayes. The store itself is expected to employ seven workers and pay wages and benefits totaling $150,000.