BROCKVILLE — The Goodwill store on Parkedale Avenue in Brockville closed along with 15 other locations across Ontario on Saturday.
In a brief statement from Goodwill Industries of Toronto, Eastern, Central and Northern Ontario CEO Keiko Nakamura, the closing of the organization was blamed on “a number of factors affecting the retail environment.”
“Goodwill is facing a cash flow crisis.”
Goodwill Industries of Toronto, Eastern, Central and Northern Ontario has been in operation for 80 years. Nakamura was head of Toronto Community Housing until fired by the agency in 2011 by the administration of then-mayor Rob Ford.
Employees are under union contract, represented by Canadian Airport Workers Union. As part of their collective-agreement, employees were to receive 30 to 60 days notice before closing any stores. Employees did not receive notice of closure.
Goodwill collected donated clothing and goods from the community, selling the items to fund programs for people with physical and learning disabilities.