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YWCA Thrift Store closes after 54 years

Modified: Friday, Jun 14th, 2013

The YWCA Thrift Store is run by volunteers, including (from left) Albert Fernandez, Berta Rodriguez, Beverley Young, Marion Madrid and Gloria Betancourt. (Photos by Erik Chalhoub/Register-Pajaronian)

WATSONVILLE — The economic recession has claimed another victim as the YWCA Thrift Store at 30-B E. Fifth Street is closing its doors after serving the Watsonville community for more than 50 years.

Proceeds from the store, which operates as a nonprofit, went to support YWCA programs including YW-Teens and the preschool program.

The thrift store’s final day of operations will be on June 30.

A much-touted move to its East Fifth Street location in July 2011 was not enough to save the shop, despite having increased parking and foot traffic.

After two years, the YWCA Board of Directors decided to close the store in light of many factors, in particular the slow recovery of the economy as well as increased competition from other bargain stores and difficulties in recruiting volunteers, according to Berta Rodriguez, president of YWCA of Watsonville.

Shop co-manager Marion Madrid said she was “heartbroken” over the news. Madrid put in 20 hours a week at the store and said she will remember fondly the many occasions when parents would visit the shop in search of Halloween costumes or when during Easter children would stop to admire the holiday decorations.

“It’s very sad,” said Beverly Young, former shop manager and volunteer. “It’s been here for so long, it’s a shame.”

For the complete article see the 06-15-2013 issue.

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