A Minneapolis developer is proposing to build a 28,000-square-foot Goodwill thrift store near Costco in northwest Rochester.
The Driessen Group, led by Vince Driessen, has filed plans to build a store at the corner of 19th Street Northwest and Scott Road Northwest. That's the 19th Street entrance to the Costco commercial area. The store is slated to sit opposite the Kwik Trip station across Scott Road.
The plans describe the project as a Goodwill store. However, Goodwill Minnesota Retail Marketing Director Mary Beth Casement cautions that the nonprofit has not committed to any such store yet.
"We do not have a signed lease, so your best source is the developer rather than Goodwill-Easter Seals Minnesota," said Casement in an email.
Driessen has not yet responded to a request for comment about this project.
It's common for developers to build stores with a plan, and then lease or sell them to nonprofit organizations or corporations.
Driessen recently built a 33,000-square-foot Goodwill store in St. Paul, which opened in March.
The plans, drawn up by DJR Architecture Inc., of Minneapolis, show a building with 13,730 square feet of retail space and 8,787 square feet of office. It also includes 4,955 square feet of warehouse space.
In 2008, a Goodwill store with 15,000 square feet of retail space was built at 239 28th St. SE near the Broadway Commons commercial area. The nonprofit organization moved into it after leaving its old Rochester spot at 660 37th St. NW.
It's unclear if this proposed store would be a second location or if it would replace the 7-year-old southeast store. A second store seems the most likely possibility. Salvation Army opened a second northwest location in 2014.