The late Ottie Ladd always liked bringing new jobs to the neighborhood. As the former owner and operator of Kentucky Fried Chicken stores in Pierce County, Spokane and Coeur d’Alene he provided first jobs to many South Sounders for years. And before passing in 2013, he put forth the capital costs to pay for a Goodwill “blue” boutique in downtown Sumner.
Ladd and his wife Clara, as well as JPMorgan Chase & Company put forth the capital costs to pay for the boutique. The new store is expected to fund job training and placement for 250 unemployed people in the first five years.
This boost for the local economy comes with a major perk for Sumner shoppers. Blue offers the crème de la crème of Goodwill donations.
Here’s how it works. Their staff looks through piles of donated clothes and pulls out the buried treasure. You can expect to find designer brands such as Lucky, Coach, Ugg and Cole Haan at blue. You might even stumble on some donated Prada or Gucci. The biggest plus to shopping at blue is that all the designer apparel is 60-70 percent below retail prices and its revenue is used to fund the wonderful things Goodwill provides for the community, like job training and placement services. There are also fashionable finds for men and kids at blue as well as some decorative items.
Blue in Sumner will open May 8. There will be a ribbon cutting at 11am. The boutique is located at 926 Main St., Sumner. There is also a blue in Tacoma (2520 N Proctor St.)