Making way for the city’s future city center, will relocate its Sandy Springs store, with the new location opening Jan. 8.. The existing store at 237 Johnson Ferry Road, will close its doors on Jan. 4 and will reopen in its new space at 6650 Roswell Road on Jan. 8. at 9 a.m., according to a press release from Goodwill of North Georgia.

That new location will include an area where donors can drive up and make donations. The opening day will include a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony. “During our grand opening celebration [Jan. 8-11], we will hold drawings for Goodwill gift certificates every hour,” Goodwill Director of Public Relations Elaine Armstrong said in the release.

The store will reopen with a new set of donated goods. From now until Jan. 4, shoppers at the Johnson Ferry location can purchase some items at 75-percent off. “We may not be moving our merchandise, but our team members will keep their jobs and work from the new location,” Armstrong said.

The distance between the two sites is less than a mile. “We understand the property at Johnson Ferry Road will be redeveloped sometime in the near future. Our goal is to continue to serve the residents of Sandy Springs so we decided to proactively seek an alternate location,” Armstrong said. “We’re thankful for the support the city of Sandy Springs and its residents have shown us over the years, and we look forward to serving them in our new home.”

On Dec. 2 the Sandy Springs City Council voted unanimously to authorize condemnation of the property  that houses Goodwill. The city has offered $3.9 million for the property, but the owner has declined, City Attorney Wendell Willard said in a memorandum to council members. That action was a step toward acquiring the final pieces of property the city is trying to assemble to build the city center