A familiar consignment and thrift store known to locals, St. Vincent de Paul Thrift, will be closing its doors soon and focusing on other ways to give to people in need. The store at 122 S. Green St. for more than 25 years is projected to close Dec. 30.
“It makes me really sad," Tehachapi resident Stephanie Braun said. "I love everyone and everyone here is so nice. I’m going to miss them. It’s a great store and you always find something neat here."
The more than 10,000-square-foot building has hosted St. Vincent de Paul Thrift, displayed donated items for sale and given away items to needy families in the community.
“We’ve been pleased to serve Tehachapi and it is a very difficult decision to make,” said Joanne Border, the president for the Board of Directors at St. Vincent de Paul in Bakersfield.
She added that it took the board some time to decide on closing the store. The store was not making enough money to support the five employees and the goals for the organization.
Border said that more than 20 years ago, the property was purchased by the Rev. Ralph Belluomini and dedicated to helping the community with items such as food, clothing, household goods and other necessities. In the years before that, it was a grocery store, said Terri Juergens, broker and associate with Country Real Estate.
The items in the store will be liquidated, reduced prices will start soon and donations will no longer be accepted, Border said.
“I’ve worked for the company since 1985 and it’s been marvelous. The community has been great. They love to come in and socialize and I hope my staff have made everyone feel welcome,” said Delfina Jones, the manager of Tehachapi’s St Vincent de Paul.
She added,” We’ve enjoyed being here and it’s been a delight and it’s sad to go.”
The location on 123 S. Green St. is now on the market and is listed for $675,000. The two parcels are sold together, and can be a great property for Tehachapi investors to take a look at, said Juergens.
“It’s a great property in the center of the City of Tehachapi, especially since it opens into Centennial Plaza. It could be a great opportunity for enhancing the city,” Juergens said.
She added that the city is growing and it would be an ideal place for healthy entertainment, a restaurant, brewery or another business that families will enjoy.