CAMBRIDGE — More than 200 people waited in line on a rainy and cold Thursday morning, Jan. 30, before the grand opening of Goodwill Industries of the Chesapeake’s new Cambridge location.
The store, the most recent addition to the Cambridge Marketplace commercial development, was flooded with shoppers after the doors opened and Goodwill of the Chesapeake CEO Lisa Rusyniak cut the ceremonial ribbon.
“We’re really happy to be here and to have hired 20 people,” Rusyniak said. “We’re excited to support the Cambridge community.”
The fully stocked store at 20,000 square feet is the largest Goodwill store in the Chesapeake region, said Rusyniak, who touted the success of the Denton location that has been open for about a year, the longstanding Easton location and the Salisbury location. The Salisbury Goodwill, which has an attached training facility, gave 1,500 people job training last year in addition to employing a full staff.
Shopper Liz Pope of Baltimore came to Cambridge for the store opening, her sixth. Pope has shopped in every Goodwill store in Maryland, and she said Cambridge’s new location is “on top of the list.” She said her favorite items to shop for at Goodwill stores are Waterford crystal.
Fairchild Properties Executive Vice President Hunter Fairchild said the Goodwill store is beneficial to Cambridge Marketplace, which will be greeting a new Chick-fil-A this week, and a new Wendy’s that could open before summer.
“It’s going to be a great addition,” Fairchild said.
He said Cambridge Marketplace could serve 690,000 visitors per year after the construction of the new Shore Health facility on an adjacent property.