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MARIETTA, Ga. -- Goodwill of North Georgia will open a new store in west Marietta on Thursday, marking the organization's 45th location.

The store at 775 Whitlock Avenue will create an estimated 40 jobs, a Goodwill spokeswoman said. In addition to 12,000 square feet of retail space, the site will also have a large donation center.

Goodwill has six stores in Cobb County and also operates several donation center in the county.

The profits from Goodwill's west Marietta store will fund area career centers that offer a variety of job-training programs ranging from forklift training to custodial certification.

Goodwill career centers also offer an entrepreneurial seminar program, GoodBIZ, which teaches participants how to start and operate a business.

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