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From the Ground Up: Mers Goodwill thrift store

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Owner/developer: Mers Goodwill
General contractor: Coil Construction Inc. (Columbia)
Architect: Rimiller Architects LLC (Jefferson City)
Engineers: Cochran (Union), civil; James Engineering Services LLC (Columbia), structural; and Aedifica Case Engineering (St. Louis), mechanical, electrical and plumbing
Size: 14,587 square feet
Estimated cost: $2.4 million
Lender: None
Estimated completion: May 31
Project description: One of two Mers Goodwill thrift stores under construction in town, this project is a pre-engineered metal structure with a masonry brick veneer, said Coil Construction Project Manager Cody Logsdon. He said the Western Avenue building would include a canopy-covered drive-thru for donations. The other new store, a 15,575-square-foot project at 3151 S. Kansas Ave., will replace Mers Goodwill’s 520 E. Battlefield Road location. It is expected to be complete by September. According to Springfield Business Journal archives, Mers Goodwill spent over $2 million on land purchases for the new stores. Mers Goodwill this year also plans to relocate its career center on Park Central Square closer to Hammons Field, officials said.

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