SANDUSKY – January 16, 2015 – Goodwill Industries of Erie, Huron, Ottawa and Sandusky Counties has received the former Pamida Building on Castalia Street in Bellevue, Ohio, as a donation from the Lichtcsien family. Goodwill is currently utilizing the 68,000 square foot facility for warehouse storage for its Retail Operations, with future plans to expand manufacturing and recycling programs in Bellevue.
The Pamida facility, with an appraised market value of over $600K, represents the largest single gift in Goodwill’s history. “We are very grateful to the Lichtcsien family for this extraordinary gift. Their gift honors and affirms our mission to provide jobs and job training to assist individuals with disabilities and other disadvantages to achieve independence,” reports Goodwill’s President and CEO Eric Kochendoerfer.
When Pamida closed its Bellevue Store in 2008, Steve Lichtcsien met with Bellevue Economic Development Director Steve Fuhr and Bellevue Mayor Don Berkey to find a new tenant. After an exhaustive search, he decided to look for a different avenue for the building. Berkey, a Goodwill board member, introduced Lichtcsien to Kochendoerfer. According to Lichtcsien, “The building was built in 1974 by my Father Isadore and Uncles Nathan and Leo as an NBC discount department store. We wanted the building to go into the right hands, where it would be utilized for the good of the community. We felt that our decision to gift the property to Goodwill would accomplish this and that Goodwill would bring jobs and commerce to Bellevue.”
The Pamida building is located in the center of Goodwill’s four county service area. Goodwill currently employs about 400 individuals at its eight retail stores in Bellevue, Fremont, Huron, Norwalk, Port Clinton, Sandusky and Willard; two manufacturing plants in Fremont and Sandusky, and two Day Habilitation programs in Port Clinton and Sandusky. Kochendoerfer states, “We are most excited about the acquisition of the Pamida facility because it offers us so many opportunities to expand our business operations, and to provide more jobs for local residents. Our goal is to add about 50 jobs to the Bellevue facility over the next 3-5 years.”
For more information, contact:
Vice President of Resource Development
Goodwill Industries of Erie, Huron, Ottawa and Sandusky Counties