Carpinteria’s Goodwill store will be closed for at least three to six months as damage from its roof collapsing after recent heavy rains is being evaluated and repaired.
Coastal View News reported that the Carpinteria-Summerland Fire Protection District and Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office responded to the store at 1024 Casitas Pass Road at about 1 a.m. Feb. 25 to find the roof collapsed and glass, insulation, and other debris around the area.
The front of the store is boarded up, and a sign is hanging outside, notifying customers that the store is temporarily closed and to visit the Santa Barbara location at 302 W. Carrillo St.
“At this point, 20 to 25% of the store is damaged,” Spencer Cabral, director of communications and community development for Goodwill Industries of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, told Noozhawk.
He added that there was some damage to the registers and front portion of the store, as well as some loss of merchandise.
About 25% of the roof had some damage, and a large part of the store is now without a roof.
Cabral said that the projected timeline for reopening is about three to six months in order to evaluate for any additional water or electrical damage, and to ensure the store is safe for employees and customers.
“We have a wonderful staff that we were able to make sure they’re still working,” Cabral said, mentioning that they have found temporary placements for each employee who wants to work.
“We’re very much appreciative of the Carpinteria community … We want to get the store open for them as soon as possible.”
Cabral said that in addition to transferring employees to other stores, they are providing bus passes, reimbursing mileage, and anything else that employees need to get to work.
Other nearby Goodwill locations include the Santa Barbara store located at 302 W. Carrillo St. and the Santa Barbara donation center at 335 S. Milpas St., as well as Goodwill’s Ventura locations at 404 E. Main St., 2710 E. Thompson Blvd., and 9388 Telephone Road.