Escondido, CA

New Goodwill opens in Escondido

Photos by David Zumaya, My San Diego North County

Angela Hernandez, Meagan Latulippe, Joe Garcia, Tina Inscoe, Wehay Quisquis, Mayor Paul McNamara, Goodwill CEO Toni Griffin, Goodwill Board Chair Jonathan Tibbitts, James Rowten, and Cynthia Lockyer post in front of the new store. Photos by David Zumaya, My San Diego North County

The new Goodwill Escondido Retail Store, Donation Center, and Community Employment Center held a grand opening Wednesday morning at its new location at 315 West Washington Ave.

Goodwill San Diego took advantage of New Market Tax Credits to build a new 17,000 sq. ft. location. The new site includes a Donation Center, Retail Store, and Community Employment Center.

 Residents can now donate, shop, and receive job search assistance at one location. Additionally, the following services are available online – one-on-one appointments with a Career Advisor in English or Spanish, Free workshops including Ace the Interview, Job Application, Resume Builder, Workplace Communication, and Conflict Resolution. Online shopping is available at

City Manager Jeff Epp, San Diego Goodwill CEO and President Toni Griffin and Mayor Paul McNamara at Wednesday morning’s grand opening.

Goodwill uses the revenue generated from the sale of donated goods at its retail stores, outlets, and clearance center to fund job training programs, employment services, and community resources.  Goodwill San Diego has been Making Good Happen since 1930. Visit for more information.

Mayor Paul McNamara commented, “Today I had the pleasure of attending the Grand Opening of the new Goodwill site on West Washington Avenue. The new location will house a new and improved donation center and a more robust career center.  They have been an asset to this community for fifty years.  Thank you to all of those who came together to turn this project into a reality. And a special thank you to those who have recognized over the years the importance of Goodwill to the community and supported it with generosity and patronage.”

City Manager Jeff Epp, who also attended the Grand Opening, told The Times-Advocate: “The Goodwill operation has been a great business to have in Escondido and I was very impressed at the magnitude of improvements they put into the former Rite Aid location.  The revitalization of that old building improved that area of our City a great deal.  They have great workers, super support from their leadership team, a great onsite services and security, and will really benefit the community.   It was a pleasure working with them through this transition.”

Members of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce join VIPs and members of San Diego Goodwill to cut the ribbon to the new store.

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