PETITION TO STOP MOON VALLEY GOODWILL STORE
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We, the undersigned residents of the greater Moon Valley neighborhood and adjacent communities, oppose the installation of a Goodwill used merchandise store at the site formerly occupied by AJ’s Fine Foods boutique market (Shaw Butte Center at the southwest corner of 7th Street and Thunderbird Road), and we petition as follows:
1) To Goodwill Industries: We request that you abandon your efforts to locate a Goodwill store at the Shaw Butte Center. It is not compatible with our neighborhood. In protest of the detrimental impact this store will have on our community, we will cease donations to your organization and will not shop at any Goodwill store.
2) To the landlord of the proposed Goodwill store, 7Bird Property Partners, LLC: We request that you release Goodwill from any lease they have with you at the Shaw Butte Center, and obtain an alternative tenant who fits the character and needs of our community. We offer our support in locating a tenant that will help attract and retain other quality businesses to the area.
3) To the Phoenix City Council: We request that you restore the “use permit” requirement for stores such as Goodwill that primarily sell second hand or used merchandise. We are aware that you recently removed this requirement at Goodwill Industries’ behest. We oppose your change to the city code as it stifles a neighborhood’s ability to vocalize its concerns and preserve its character.
4) To Vice Mayor Bill Gates: We, your constituents, request that you stand up for our community by helping to block the location of a Goodwill store at the Shaw Butte Center, by helping to secure a more appropriate tenant suitable for our neighborhood, and by taking the lead to restore the “use permit” requirement for stores that primarily sell second hand or used merchandise.