The interior of the distribution center at the new Goodwill in Tampa.

Those who drive on US Hwy 301 might notice a large building and parking lot recently built near the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway. On April 28 of this year, Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, Inc. opened a new 12,000 sq. ft. retail store that joins its 200,000 sq. ft. warehouse and distribution center.

Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, Inc. previously had its distribution center headquartered at 10596 Gandy Blvd. in St. Petersburg. Searching for a better site for its distribution center, led to ther elocation on US Hwy 301. This new distribution and retail center will also house logistical operations and transportation.

Goodwill Industries-Suncoast, Inc. Senior Creative and Media Relations Manager Jennifer Fleming shared that the location site suited its needs in regards to the trucks being able to get products in its store.

“We call it the hub because it has the Lee Roy Selmon Expressway and Interstate 4 right there, giving it a great location for distribution,” Fleming said.

This new store will be its 20th retail store and its first new one in Hillsborough County since 2002. Individuals who visit can discover a variety of brand new products, household items, donated clothes and more.

On the south side of the retail store, a drive-through donation lane can be found, which will make dropping off donations quick and easy. Individuals do not need to make an appointment if interested in donating. To learn more about donating, visit here.

Goodwill aims to help people achieve their full potential through dignity and power of work as stated in their mission statement. The organization’s successful donated goods retail operation assists with human services in 10 counties in West Central Florida that includes employment services, job placement for individuals with disabilities, training and much more.

For information, visit It is located at 1407 S. U.S. Hwy. 301 in Tampa. Open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m.- 9 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. Call 542-8100.

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Tatiana Ortiz is a freelance writer with the Osprey Observer Newspaper. She began as an intern here in 2010 and has been writing since. Tatiana graduated from the University of South Florida in 2015. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations. In her free time, Tatiana enjoys photography, biking and being with her family.