Goodwill store to open on Girard Avenue in La Jolla Village

By Ashley Mackin

A Goodwill Industries resale shop is coming to the La Jolla Village, currently going through the necessary permit review process with plans to move into the building at 7631 Girard Ave., a space formerly occupied by La Maisonette.

The Goodwill store joins a list of 10 other consignment and resale shops in the La Jolla area. The agency plans to recover the awning in front of the store, which is why it needed to go before the Planned District Ordinance Committee at its April 8 meeting. The PDO advisory committee handles façade renovations and signs, and forwards its recommendations to the Community Planning Association, which passes its recommendations on to the San Diego City Council.

In this case, only the awning fabric would change, not the frame. The PDO granted the application to change the awning fabric, with no reported discussion.

Though it does not need to be approved by the La Jolla Village Merchants Association, a mention of the store’s arrival at the LJVMA’s April 10 meeting drew an unenthusiastic response. One audience member expressed concern it would “bring down the value of retail shops around there.”

Goodwill representatives said they could not comment on when the store will have its opening. Meanwhile, Goodwill Industries has joined the La Jolla Town Council as a “gold member,” at the $500 level.

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3 Comments for “Goodwill store to open on Girard Avenue in La Jolla Village”

  1. Goodwill is very excited about our future opening in La Jolla. Our stores throughout the county are known to be clean and friendly, and many of our clothing and household items donors live in this beautiful part of the county. As with every location, Goodwill’s desire is to provide a pleasant convenient place for our donors and shoppers to visit.

    We invite everyone to visit the recently opened Clairemont store at 4220 Balboa Avenue to catch a glimpse of the organization that is Goodwill, and the value we add to each unique community where we have a store or donation center. Our bookstore in University City is a community favorite, and our Goodwill store in Pacific Beach has been recognized as a a friend to the neighborhood for decades.

    We are a job training organization, and we do not solicit cash from the public, so our donors are our most valuable asset. Our purpose is “Getting People Jobs”.
    Our mission is “To get people with disabilities and other barriers to employment jobs by developing their skills and work habits through training and real work. ”

    Each new location we open provides a convenient place to donate and shop, and it creates new jobs. We look forward to providing more details about when the doors will actually open, once we are closer to completion at that site.

    In 2012 we opened stores in Rancho Bernardo and Ramona, and both communities have embraced our presence. We are clean, friendly, and provide a job and a paycheck for your neighbors.

  2. Citizen

    I am very surprised to read that Goodwill Industries is prepared to pay La Jolla rent rates. It seems inappropriate to have a Goodwill store in such an expensive part of town. I also agree that it will bring down the value of the retail shops in the area. It would be a shame if the higher-end stores like Ralph Lauren and Brooks Brothers decided not to renew their leases. Not to mention the effect it would have on the local businesses that have been there for years like Warwicks, Burns, The Ascot Shop, etc. As a concerned citizen, I would ask that Goodwill reconsider opening this location.

  3. La Jolla Resident

    I think that its wonderful that Goodwill is opening in the village! Considering all the empty storefronts especially!!! There are already other second hand shops in the village… so the snobs need to get over it.. to name a few..
    Le Chauvinist Consignment Store
    Echoes Too Boutique
    Designer Consigner of La Jolla
    Take 2 Ladies Consignment Boutique
    Ark Store to raise money for animal charities

    I support Goodwill Stores without any reserve! Locals will now have a way to help the neighbors by donating locally and upcycling their wares that someone else in the neighborhood can afford. A real concern should be how the La Jolla Merchants Association rented a very attractive retail location to pass out brochures….that’s a waste and they pay a lot of rent with the local business taxes! I say an active business is better than an empty business…

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