There’s no word if London will be impacted by Goodwill’s decision to close over a dozen stores in southern Ontario due to “unforeseen circumstances.”
Employees were met with locked doors and hand-written notes saying the store was closed Sunday morning.
A statement from Goodwill Industries of Toronto, Eastern, Central and Northern Ontario, says 16 stores, 10 donation centres and two offices will be closed. The outlets are located in the Greater Toronto Area, Barrie, Orillia and Brockville leaving 430 workers in limbo.
A lawyer with the Canadian Airport Workers Union, which represents the workers, says they were not notified of the closures before heading to the locations.
“Due to a number of factors affecting the retail environment, Goodwill is facing a cash flow crisis,” Goodwill Chief Executive Keiko Nakamura said in a statement.
Nakamura says a variety of options are being explored to continue operating.
Goodwill has 11 different locations in London ranging from donation centres to outlet stores to career centres.
Photo: Goodwill Bookstore on Adelaide St. in London, Google Maps