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Downtown LA Goodwill closes after 35 years

December 31, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
The Goodwill store on Broadway Street in downtown Los Angeles closed after being open for decades. It's a place that many people have come to rely on. The aisles were packed on Friday and lines were forming at the cash register.

"We are closing the store. Since 1975, we've been here. It's sort of iconic in its way," said Steve Barr, Goodwill District Manager.

When workers kill the lights and lock the doors at 8 p.m., the Goodwill store at 235 South Broadway St. will close forever after 35 years of selling donated clothing, furniture and other items.

"For 20 years, I've been coming here. It's kind of sad. I have to go a little further, but it doesn't matter. Even though the price of gas is going up, I'll make it some kind of way on my check," said customer James Rich.

Taking over the reins for the old store is a new one located at 6th Street and Union Avenue. It only has two years of history behind it, but Barr said it has a lot more to offer.

"It's a larger store. It's got a great parking lot. It's got a great donation area, and it's just a dynamic store. Nobody lost a job here. Nobody was laid off. Everybody was offered an opportunity to go work at one of our nearby stores," said Barr.

Barr said ever since the store opened in 2008, the plan was to have it replace the older Broadway location.