Goodwill of Orange County officials said the organization won’t open its newest high-end store in Yorba Linda until it finds the perfect location.
A store featuring items curated from donations to create an equestrian theme is envisioned.
“It would bring in elements of the area such as equestrian décor … with a lot of reclaimed elements,” said Corrine Allen, chief operations officer.
The Planning Commission last month approved Goodwill opening the boutique in a 14,800-square-foot space formerly occupied by Yorba Linda Fitness in the East Lake Village Shopping Center.
But after hearing residents at the commission meeting say they didn’t want a Goodwill store in the neighborhood and an appeal filed by the East Lake Village Community Association, Goodwill withdrew its project.
“It was obvious that the residents did not want that use in the shopping center,” Allen said. “It just was not the right place at the right time.”
“It would just have been a nice beautiful store,” she said.
Goodwill wants to find a new location in the city, Allen said, perhaps in a more commercial area near Yorba Linda Boulevard and Imperial Highway that would be closer to public transportation.
“We look for locations that are closer to bus routes because many of our employees don’t drive,” she said.