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La Jolla's Gillispie School expanding into retail space

La Jolla's Gillispie School expanding into retail space

La Jolla’s Gillispie School is doing well enough to have purchased four adjacent million-dollar parcels since 2012.

“As we have seen with our increased demand for enrollment, there is a great need for an education that allows for hands-on learning, which requires flexible, adaptable space,” said Alison Fleming, head of school for the private institution for students ages 2 to sixth grade.

The expansion’s final piece — at least for the immediate future — is a 17,000-square-foot retail building at 7420-7426 Girard Ave. Purchased in 2013, this is where the school’s attention is currently focused. Inside, walls are being knocked down behind windows covered in murals painted by...

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