Former Glassell Park Kmart preparing for its debut as a Goodwill resource and retail center

Feb 27, 2014

Former Glassell Park Kmart being remade into a Goodwill Community Enrichment Center | Goodwill Southern California

Building pictured in July 2013

The former Kmart store in Glassell Park has seen a lot of change since Goodwill Southern California announced last year that it was going to transform the long-vacant building  into a combination job training, community services and retail center.  Trees have been planted in the once barren parking lot and workers are preparing the interior of the 135,000-square-foot building on San Fernando Road for a May grand opening of what’s called a Community Enrichment Center.

The nonprofit said that about 60 people will work at the facility, with about 40 positions devoted to a store, clearance center and Café G, a restaurant that will offer job training. “The center was developed to address the unique needs of this community,” said Craig Smith, president of Goodwill Southern California, in a press release. “The combination of jobs created combined with the no cost career counseling and placement services we offer will have a significant and very positive impact on the area.”

The closure of the Kmart store in 2004 prompted a tug-of-war over the nearly 10-acre property between community groups and Home Depot, which wanted to open a new store at the location. Home Depot gave up the fight in 2007 after the city imposed design guidelines on the area that called for a mix of uses instead of  big-box stores.

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