Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit today announced Art Van Furniture has donated a 26-foot truck to help the nonprofit organization open its flagship upscale retail store in Canton, Mich. Scheduled to open in October 2010, the 17000 square-foot store located at 41905 Ford Road will be the first retail location operated by Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit in Southeast Michigan since 2000. Branded with Goodwill “Donate for Jobs” messaging, the truck donated by Art Van, Michigan’s largest furniture retailer, will enable Goodwill to collect and transport goods donated from across Metro Detroit. The goods will later be sold at the Canton flagship retail location to support Goodwill’s efforts to help Metro Detroiters overcome employment challenges and become “Trained, Trusted and Ready to Work.” Madison Heights, Mich.-based 11 Mile Truck Frame & Axle donated initial truck maintenance and painting services. Art Van recently opened an Art Van Pure Sleep freestanding bedding store in Canton next to the Goodwill flagship retail store. Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit expects its flagship store to generate approximately million in revenue in the first year. Proceeds from the store will fund local Goodwill employment training, education and support programs. Featuring upscale boutique clothing and other donated goods, the store will be modeled after the nation’s two most successful Goodwill retail locations in Indianapolis and Portland, Ore. Initially, the Canton …
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