For 18 years Goodwill Hawaii has made makeshift use of a former automobile sales and service center in Makiki. Now it’s ready to transform the property into an expanded job training center and flagship thrift store.

The nonprofit held a blessing and groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for an $11 million overhaul of its sprawling and somewhat ramshackle complex at 1075 S. Beretania St. after five years of planning and raising enough money from donations to start work.

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