Hundreds gathered at the new Goodwill flagship store in Glassell Park on Thursday morning to welcome a new neighbor that will help create jobs and revitalize a heavily traveled intersection in the 13th Council District.
Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell joined local dignitaries, donors, and community partners for the grand opening celebration. During the event, O’Farrell said he was proud to help usher in new life at a property that sat empty for close to a decade and will now employ up to 120 local residents.
“This is what enrichment, economic development, and empowerment look like,” said O’Farrell during the kick off event. “This Goodwill retail store provides the community a go-to place for the basic necessities. The volume of opening day sales speaks to the need for this type of service here in this market and I am proud to welcome Goodwill to the neighborhood.”
The fully renovated 135,000 square foot facility near the intersection of Fletcher Drive and San Fernando Road [MAP] is also home to a new Community Enrichment Center (CEC) and a Goodwill-branded cafe.
The facility will offer a wide spectrum of services that will address the employment, education, health, and universal needs of the community.
The property had remained vacant for a decade. Developing the center for community use presented a solution to the challenges that neighborhoods frequently face when large retailers vacate buildings.
Goodwill's CEC will provide access to vital programs and services, unify the community, and act as a catalyst for individuals and families to achieve sustainable pathways out of poverty and towards success.
“This is the largest single project Goodwill Southern California has developed in nearly 100 years,” said Craig Smith, GSC’s President and CEO. “The collaboration and support of many, including local officials, the planning commission, city and community councils and our staff, have culminated in this one of a kind center. By offering a range of essential services under one roof, we will help empower local community members with the resources they need to create brighter futures for themselves and their families.”
The Farmers Market will have it’s own grand opening on Thursday, May 8.