Photos: Moon Valley Residents Protest Grand Opening of Goodwill Store

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Photo by Matthew Hendley
Protesters outside the grand opening of a Goodwill store in Moon Valley.


Despite the rain, around a dozen residents of the affluent North Phoenix neighborhood of Moon Valley showed up to protest the grand opening of a Goodwill store in their neighborhood.

In addition to some residents believing that the store is not "compatible" with the neighborhood, the picketers are upset that the Phoenix City Council was so helpful to Goodwill in its bid to open the store at that location -- the former site of an AJ's Fine Foods -- and that the significant outcry from the residents about Goodwill's plan was all for naught.

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As New Times has reported before, hundreds of people signed an online petition asking that Goodwill not open a store there, and prominent residents of the neighborhood, including former Republican U.S. Congressman John Shadegg, were leading a fight against the City Council's approval of the store.

Vice Mayor Bill Gates, who represents Moon Valley as part of his district, told us months ago that Goodwill -- which signed a 25-year lease at the location -- was open to the idea of sub-leasing the location if the residents found a different tenant to go in there, an idea that obviously didn't pan out.

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There is a legitimate side to the complaints from the residents, though, as Gates' chief of staff used to work for a lobbying firm that included Goodwill among its clients.

The Moon Valley activists allege that's the reason why their complaints weren't effective, and why zoning issues for the Goodwill store went off without a hitch.

Many of the complaints, however, involve the thought that Goodwill isn't good enough for the neighborhood.

"More concerning, was the complete absence of any retail that would be of value to Moon Valley residents," said one e-mail sent out to community members by "neighborhood advocate" Amy Mais. "We did not see any nice grocery stores, restaurants, or destination spots for families with children. If Goodwill moves into Moon Valley, the shops, restaurants, and services that our community wants and needs, will close up or relocate. They will be replaced by low end retail that is not appropriate for our neighborhood."

(FYI, there's already a dollar store in the shopping center).

Just a few days ago, Mais fired off an e-mail to Gates, which was also copied to several other people in the neighborhood, containing the full laundry-list of complaints, which sums up all the reasoning for the protest. You can check that out in its entirety on the next page.

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Meanwhile, just minutes after the Goodwill store opened this morning, it was packed. People were driving circles around the shopping center's parking lot, looking for a spot.


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Brian Woloshin
Brian Woloshin

More of an effluent neighborhood with all the crap those snobs are spewing!

Brian Woloshin
Brian Woloshin

Hell you don't see them protesting the big trucks that unload at the Safeway all the time. That store should be closed too based on their bs reasoning. Hypocrites!

shutupMVcrybabies
shutupMVcrybabies

BTW you don't see these twits complaining about the big trucks unloading behind the Safeway all the time. Somehow that is ok, but this isn't. What a bunch of frigging hypocrites.

Tara Marshall
Tara Marshall

Providing jobs at 22 cents an hour pay. They rip off developmentally disabled people, they protect managers who sexually harass female employees, and they have some of the highest wages for executives in the "nonprofit" world. You should learn about "Goodwill" before you support them.

logicman
logicman

"affluent neighborhood"- NOT ANYMORE haha!

Cozz
Cozz topcommenter

Somebody should open a topless bar in Moon Valley and really send them over the edge.


Steve Phelps
Steve Phelps

Elitists. What difference doe it make? They should happily donate their clothing there.

Traci Phelps
Traci Phelps

I love how they are trying to make this about how Goodwill treats their disabled employees and not about what it really is. Who do they think they are fooling?

Marylee Lamont Martinez
Marylee Lamont Martinez

Moon Valley residents don't want it to be known that they actually shop there - I have found some of the best deals and coolest 'stuff' at both Goodwill and Salvation Army stores - in the '70's the children that lived in "Moon Valley" were bused to to MVHS in Deer Valley - these people are a legend in their own mind.

Madeline Morrill
Madeline Morrill

Oh for pete's sake. Just call it the GW like they do in Los Altos.

John Stidham
John Stidham

I was genuinely surprised that someone who is obviously educated and can write a thoughtful, coherent email would choose to fill it with such overtly hateful and discriminatory language. Her concerns about Goodwill shipping whatever they want to the store are really just concerns about poor people coming in to "her neighborhood", as if they aren't allowed there without a good reason. And damn those Goodwill people for giving them a reason! Could she be any more delusional?! And her demands that the shopping center be completely revamped, INCLUDING FILLING THE PLANTERS, was ridiculous! Does she not understand that Goodwill is under no obligation to entertain her demands and she has no authority over them? She needs a reality check!

Rick Amador
Rick Amador

Really Moonvalley it's a dump over there. I don't see the reason why you got to act stuck up.

John Stockfish
John Stockfish

clearly the woman in the first picture isnt protesting goodwill because it doesnt belong in moon valley, but because they exploit the poor and disabled. A valid reason to picket Goodwill.

Çhristøpher Vőğţ
Çhristøpher Vőğţ

Maybe if more of them shopped at the AJ's originally, they wouldn't be stuck with Goodwill.

Tim Larkin
Tim Larkin

judging by the guys jacket-- he purchased it there

Lily Rollins
Lily Rollins

Who gives a fuck? If you don't want something in you neighborhood you should protest it.

Steve McGrath
Steve McGrath

some people are selfish and just care about themselves

Michael Muniz
Michael Muniz

Get a fucking grip you stuck up heartless fucks!!!!!!!!

mom_srs
mom_srs

Moonshine rs are just ass hurt cause they didn't win the fight.

You would think they had some pull... GOODWILL DOES LOL

mom_srs
mom_srs

They do know they live 2 minutes away from sunny slope they are not a special as they think they are.... duck it moonshine rs

A group of alcohalics...have a frink

Lisa Blonde Bomber
Lisa Blonde Bomber

there was 2 protesters under the awning by Goodwill talking to 6 policemen watching over the alleged "protest" at 3pm when I was there. Goodwill employees came to my car with an umbrella to escort me inside to shop! Classy!

Chad Lester
Chad Lester

Like Moon Valley is some sort of Beverly Hills. Or even nice parts of Oxnard. LOL

Kenneth Molfetta
Kenneth Molfetta

Goodwill helps employee people. These stores give them the resources to find people work. Having a new business whether one person thinks it's good and another bad still brings in tax revenue and local jobs. Go to a new goodwill and tell me you think it still feels like the older stores in town.

Tara Marshall
Tara Marshall

"Goodwill" pays developmentally disabled employees as low of a wage as 22 CENTS an hour. They consistently protect male managers in sexual harassment cases pressed by female employees. And they get everything they sell for free from people who don't know about their exploitative practices. Their executives get some of the highest pay in the "nonprofit" world as well. I'm glad people are protesting against them. Just because an organization says that they are a charity does NOT mean they are doing any good with what people give them.

Nwahs Drofwarc
Nwahs Drofwarc

I'm so glad I moved from Moon Valley. What a bunch of stuck up snobs!

dennis20
dennis20 topcommenter

Hey Moonies, It's the Walmart that you want out, not GoodWill. 

tallredhead3
tallredhead3

Yes, GOODWILL is bad will......but I bet these same people wouldn't then go picket a major bank in their neighborhood who forecloses on people without working with them to save their homes......or go to a GOODWILL location at say around 67th Avenue and Indian School and protest!  They are snobs pure and simple!

John Schnaubelt
John Schnaubelt

Very little money made by the Goodwill franchises actually goes to help the needy. It all lines the pockets of the owners.

Laree Sanchez
Laree Sanchez

Eighteen new stores opening in the Phoenix area and a convoy of brand new bright green Goodwill trucks. Goodwill has become a greedy corporation like all the rest. Their shelves are lined with things one might find in the garbage, and at an exorbitant new pricing system....sorry Goodwill...FAIL!

Cameron Stewart
Cameron Stewart

First they lost their "private golf course" and now this?...Oh my goodness! What is this world coming to? Idiots!

Maureen Bee
Maureen Bee

I dont really like goodwill but this makes me want to dress up in my most tattered clothes, and just go hang out there

Jessica Mackey
Jessica Mackey

Get a life people. Goodwill is providing jobs and gently used clothing and home goods to working, responsible families like my own. Get over yourselves.

Leslie Jones
Leslie Jones

Very disappointed in you, Phoenix New Times, for 'not getting' what these people were saying with their signs. Faux news...?

Tim Mabley
Tim Mabley

Yep, get over yourselves. It's *nothing* like it was way back in the day... and I was even scratching my head a little bit back then.

jnamio
jnamio

Moon Valley apparently has a Paradise Valley complex.

Gregg Myers
Gregg Myers

~ PNT is not what it used to be :| #soldtheirsoulyearsago

Tim Newman
Tim Newman

The "Affluent" neighborhood? Have they been to Moon Valley?

AWISEMANONCESAID
AWISEMANONCESAID

@John Schnaubelt I guess you are not familiar with all of the job centers helping people find work and assisting with resumes and interviews.  In 2012, Goodwill assisted 6.7 million people with career services.  82% of their revenue went to employment and training services.  How many did you assist? 1?  I think you know very little about their positive impact on the community.

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