Goodwill Industries Opens New Store In Downtown San Diego

January 03, 2017

Goodwill Industries Opens New Store In Downtown San Diego

Goodwill Industries of San Diego County recently opened a new retail store along 16th Street in San Diego. The new store has a fresh, urban vibe to it. It's highly convenient for shoppers as it includes clothing for the whole family, furniture and home decor.

Goodwill Industries Vice President of Retail and Operations Beth Forsberg said it was nice to open in the location where the organization first started. Forsberg said the company began its operation in 1930 of the downtown San Diego region. She said the goal was to help in the redevelopment of the area's landscape. She said there are many loyal Goodwill Industry donors and shoppers asking the company to reopen in the area.

Forsberg said the future for the location is quite exciting.

The organization had sold its other downtown 16th and Broadway store but was looking forward to reopening in the area to service the downtown area as well as San Diego residents. Forsberg said donations would be accepted.

Many consumers have an interest in vintage, recycling and other original products. They understand the benefits behind using these products. Consumers who don't feel budget constraints still look for good bargains and vintage items.

CEO Mike Rowan said when people shop at the Goodwill, it means a local person can find a job. They can use the employment centers to get free training, job search assistance, interviews and resumes.

The San Diego County Goodwill Industries is a local non-profit organization that works in changing lives by helping people to attain jobs. The staff for the Community Employment Center offer training and work with community members on various skills related to resumes, job applications and interviewing. They also work with several local companies that help people find jobs and hold job fairs.

The retail locations also offer used merchandise such as clothing, shoes, housewares, furniture and home decor. Some locations also offer sporting goods and electronics. The revenue generated from the sales of these donated items support the paid job training programs and employment services.

GISD helps people with disabilities, underserved young adults (18 to 25) and veterans to find jobs. The organization helped about 4,000 people in the San Diego region with job searches in 2015.