Private donors make Sumner Goodwill boutique possible

Herald News ServicesMay 7, 2014 

A Goodwill boutique store that opens tomorrow in Sumner at 926 Main St. is backed by a personal gift from Clara and Ottie Ladd and $90,000 in capital costs from JPMorgan Chase.

The late Ottie Ladd owned and operated Kentucky Fried Chicken stores in Pierce County, Spokane and Coeur d’Alene.

“His restaurants provided a first job for many young people,” said Clara Ladd. “He loved to see young people blossom as they gained confidence and learned new job skills. And he fervently believed in Goodwill’s mission — to help people develop the skills they need to find meaningful work. It’s in that spirit and in his memory that I support Goodwill’s mission through the opening of this boutique in Sumner.”

Goodwill representatives said the Goodwill “blue” boutique in Sumner, the third to open, will include designer apparel, shoes, accessories and home decor for 60 percent to 70 percent below retail.

“This store is going to be a great new addition to historic downtown Sumner,” Sumner Mayor Dave Enslow said. “On the economic development side, this small boutique adds seven more jobs, contributing $150,000 in annual store wages and benefits for families in this area, while sales will fund job training and placement programs for 50 unemployed individuals in our area.”

Goodwill representatives said the company’s presence in Sumner will produce $750,000 in area economic stimulus and fund job training and placement for 250 unemployed people during the next five years.

A large plaque recognizing the Ladds’ efforts will be unveiled as part of tomorrow’s ribbon cutting, beginning at 11 a.m. at the store.

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