Goodwill "Boutique on First" Reopens Helping kick-start the Downtown revival

By: Goodwill Industries of SWFL
FORT MYERS, Fla. - May 21, 2020 - PRLog -- As Fort Myers begins to recover from COVID-19 shutdowns, the downtown River District is beginning to see signs of life again.  Many restaurants began reopening on May 11th as part of Gov. DeSantis' initial "Phase 1" recovery plan. To help with the Downtown revival, Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida (SWFL) is reopening their "Boutique on First" on Friday, May 22nd. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the store will be decorated with balloons welcoming customers back and drawing attention to the area.

"Many businesses downtown are dependent on the high foot traffic in the area," says John Nadeau, Goodwill SWFL CEO and President. "Reopening the Boutique will assist in the area's revival while helping raise funds to continue serving individuals impacted by this economic crisis."

Goodwill's job training programs and community supports are funded by their retail stores. Community Resource Center and Job-Link coordinators have been helping hundreds of people a day fill out applications for unemployment, stimulus payments, SNAP, LIHEAP and more. They also provide free digital skills training and online job search skills training to assist them in finding new employment.

The Boutique was closed on March 23rd, and was the first SWFL Goodwill store to close due to the pandemic. Located at 2401 First Street in Fort Myers, the Boutique is filled with high-end, second-hand merchandise.

Goodwill SWFL has been implementing safety strategies recommended by the CDC at all of their retail and donation centers. These precautions will continue at the Boutique to make employees and customers feel more confident.

Goodwill SWFL is a nonprofit organization committed to serving people with disabilities and disadvantages by providing life-changing opportunities toward independence.  They are grateful to be able to continue offering services to the Southwest Florida community especially during this time of need.  For more information about Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, visit

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