On Friday, Goodwill announced the closure of 8 stores including the location within the City of Oakley off Main Street.
Here is their message:
In response to the pandemic’s economic impact, Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay regrets to announce that it is closing 8 retail stores in Alameda, Contra Costa and Solano Counties, effective immediately. Unfortunately, the closings will result in the layoffs of 61 employees.
“We have had to make a difficult decision for economic reasons,” said Mike Keenan, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries of the Greater East Bay. “Our employees are our first priority and we will continue to do everything we can to support them at this difficult time and fulfill the Goodwill mission in our remaining stores and facilities.”
The Goodwill stores that are closing are in:
- Oakland (Durant Square)
The affected employees will receive a separation package that will include one week of pay, a month of health benefits, and individual career services including: resume development and assistance, mock interviews, job search and potential placements, and assistance applying for EDD benefits.
Unlike many other nonprofits, Goodwill® relies on its store sales to operate. At the heart of the organization are the training, employment placement services and support services, such as child care, transportation and financial literacy that are provided to community members at no cost. Goodwill provides those services to people facing challenges to finding employment, including people with disabilities, people impacted by the criminal justice system, people who are unemployed or underemployed, veterans and military families, older workers, and young adults.
Goodwill’s mission is to turn the revenue from the sale of donations from the community into jobs for some of the region’s most vulnerable populations so that they may reach their full potential. But because our stores have been shut down for most of the last year due to the pandemic, it has created a tremendous fiscal challenge and we must make a challenging business decision in order to sustain mission services.