MERS Goodwill was in the final stages of set-up for its opening day when Wentzville Patch visited Wednesday morning.
The store's ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 8:45 a.m., and grand opening festivities will continue through Saturday.
Store Manager Tori Basile expects the Lake Saint Louis location to be a "giving" store, with more donations coming in than can be sold at the site. "We're going to put out the best of the best," she said. Extra donations will be sent out to other local MERS Goodwill locations.
The Hawk Ridge store, in the south end of the complex near , features a drive-through bay. As cars drive up, a sensor alerts staff inside and the donations are brought inside and sorted. Clothing with holes or rips are sent to a "by-the-pound" St. Louis store. Electronics are tested, and furniture is looked over before it goes to the showroom floor.
The store will accept almost any donation except for large appliances, mattresses, gas-powered engines or weapons.
MERS Goodwill is nonprofit, and its website states that "the primary focus and success of MERS/Goodwill’s employment and rehabilitation programs is in our ability to prepare people for the world of work."