Community Interest

MERS Goodwill Reopens in Washington on May 26

WASHINGTON, MO. – MERS Goodwill is excited to announce the reopening of its Washington, Missouri, retail store on Thursday, May 26. Responding to the growing community, MERS Goodwill will relocate to the new location at 5886 MO-100, Washington, MO 63090, the former J.C. Penney building. The bargain hunters in Washington now have 17,000 square feet at the new location and will have more than 9,000 square feet of that space dedicated to retail. Additionally, the new building will allow for a streamlined drop-off location for donations and merchandise trucks.

“This move allows us to support the needs of our shoppers and donors within the Washington, Missouri community,” said Mark Kahrs, Executive Vice President of Retail Services. “By transitioning to a larger space, we can better serve our retail and mission operations. We are looking forward to taking full advantage of the space in this larger complex to give our customers a better experience.” Retail revenue and donations support MERS Goodwill’s mission to change lives through the power of work. With continued help from the community, MERS Goodwill assists nearly 12,000 individuals annually through its employment and rehabilitation services and the four free adult high schools, the Goodwill Excel Centers, that operate in Missouri. 

MERS Goodwill changes lives through the power of work. Its vision is a community where each individual has the opportunity to learn, work, and achieve their greatest potential. Annually serving more than 11,000 individuals, the non-profit is governed by a local board of directors and operates in 46 locations serving 93 counties in the bi-state area. Revenues from 44 Goodwill stores assist with funding MERS Goodwill job training and employment services along with four Missouri-based locations of The Excel Center®. These free public high schools allow adults to earn an actual high school diploma. MERS Goodwill is a proud member of the United Way and is accredited by the Better Business Bureau. The agency is also profiled on the non-profit organization database GuideStar, where MERS Goodwill is ranked with the Platinum Seal of Approval. For more information about MERS Goodwill or to find a Goodwill donation center near you, call 314-241-3464 or visit