COPPERAS COVE — The Goodwill thrift store in Copperas Cove is being rebuilt with an estimated cost of about $1.6 million.

Heart of Texas Goodwill Industries anticipates the retail store will open almost a year after a fire destroyed its previous building.

Reconstruction of the store at 2421 E. U.S. Highway 190 broke ground a couple of days ago, said Kirby Killough, spokeswoman for Heart of Texas Goodwill.

Crews should be done with the frame by Dec. 16, Killough said.

“We are hoping to have the rest of the building done by April,” Killough said.

The city issued a permit to erect the facility to Waco-based Pearson Construction on Oct. 30, according to a city report.

The contractor is currently removing portions of the old building’s foundations and the former parking lot, Killough said.

Once finished, the site will be larger than before — 20,000 square feet, Killough said. About 3,000 square feet will make up the retail store.

Added features will be an improved drive-thru and drop-off location and a larger exit and entrance, she said. A sidewalk also is being added.

There will not be a discount barn, which offers items at discounted prices, at the new location, Killough said.

“We are excited,” she said. “We are really looking forward to having the building back up and having a store back in Copperas Cove.”

A fire of unknown origins destroyed the Goodwill in March.

Firefighters responded to the incident near midnight after a passer-by spotted the blaze and called 911.

The blaze was already showing through the building when firefighters arrived.

The fire was “so extensive” at the time of arrival the fire department attempted to contain the blaze, so it didn’t spread to adjacent buildings, Deputy Fire Chief Gary Young said in March. Eventually the roof collapsed on the building.

To keep employees working, Heart of Texas Goodwill, which operates in 13 counties, moved several to other locations and operated drop-off sites at two locations in the city.

Until the store opens, donations can be taken to 804 E. U.S. Highway 190, in the old H-E-B parking lot, Killough said.

Contact Mason W. Canales at ​ or (254) 501-7474

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