Thrift store in the works for former Glassell Park hardware store


Storefront ReportGLASSELL PARK — The former home of Verdugo Hardware, which closed in May after more than 90 years in business, is now being transformed into a thrift store that will help support religious and community programs.

A banner for L.A. Road Thrift Store has been hung in front of the former Eagle Rock Boulevard hardware store. Inside, workers and volunteers have been cleaning up the interior of the approximately 5,000-square-foot building and accepting the first donations. In addition, an online fundraiser has been launched to help cover start up costs for the store.  L.A. Road’s website provides some info about what the owners have in mind:

It is our primary desire to promote Jesus and be life-givers in every opportunity and situation this business provide … As the business grows, our desire is to invest in our community through donations to local homeless shelters, youth centers, and other outreach programs. In addition, we hope to assist in funding our own church ministries, such as summer Bible camps, kids’ clubs, and a possible counseling ministry.

No word yet when the store will open.

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  1. The immediate community of Glassell Park would have been better served by something other than a ministry seeking donations to promote their religion under the guise of a thrift store aiding the homeless and or providing social services of unknown capacity and quality… good wills flagship store is a mere one mile away..and out of the closet is equally close…with very clear accountability of where money is placed…but then nothing depicts the encrouching gentrification of eagle rock blvd better than the disparity between the 100 townhouses being constructed selling for 600k plus and the half a dozen ministries that line the street..seeking donations and ôperating as tax exempt charities…why does it seem like this place is being robbed on both ends from being a neighborhood

  2. Jesus loves a good thrift shop. Reduce, reuse, recycle. Amen.

  3. I wish them well but they may have a tough time competing with the massive Goodwill and Out of the Closet thrift stores close by. I was sorry to see the end of Verdugo Hardware which had served me well over the years that I have lived nearby.

  4. This is incredibly disappointing. I’m surprised they can even afford the rent. Isn’t this location $6,000 a month? If so it doesn’t seem like the most well informed decision by a charitable organization.
    Sorry people but I “pray” this doesn’t last and this neighborhood is rewarded with something nicer.

  5. The displacement and gentrification of NELA continues unabated!

  6. I’m so boycotting this we need something nicer.

  7. Bummer. There goes the neighborhood!

  8. I think we really need a market!!!! Not everyone loves Super A.

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