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The Goodwill in Williamson will be closing on Dec. 29, the CEO of the company's regional territory said Wednesday. Travis Crum/Williamson Daily News

WILLIAMSON - The Goodwill in Williamson will be closing by the end of December, the CEO of the company's regional territory said Wednesday.

The store, located at 241 East 2nd Avenue, will close its doors on Dec. 29 due to a sluggish economy and a struggle to break even, said Alissa Stewart-Sparks, CEO of the Goodwill Industries of the KYOWVA Area.

She said all employees were offered jobs at other Goodwill stores in the company's territory. Services provided by the company, like credit counseling, career counseling and other employment services, would still be available to Mingo residents.

However, the cost of maintaining the Williamson location has been difficult, and the store has not turned a profit in recent years, Stewart-Sparks said.

She said the decline of coal mining jobs has affected everything in the region, including foot traffic to the 12 stores the company currently manages in West Virginia and Kentucky.

"With less traffic there are less purchases, and we aren't making enough money there to fully pay the bills," she said.

The move is not unprecedented as the company recently closed a store in Inez, Kentucky, for similar reasons.

The store in Williamson will be having close-out sales, she said. Donations will be accepted until the date of closing.

There are no plans to close any other locations at this time, she said.

Stewart-Sparks said the company still plans to deliver backpacks of food for schools in Mingo County as part of an annual event. Mingo residents can still access services through the company's Huntington office.

Travis Crum is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News. He may be reached by phone at 304-236-6497.

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