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Holston Habitat to open new ReStore

January 16th, 2012 2:59 am by Leigh Ann Laube

Holston Habitat to open new ReStore

Holston Habitat for Humanity volunteer J.J. Jones works to frame a window at 750 E. Main St. in downtown Kingsport in what will be the new Habitat ReStore, set to open this spring. Leigh Ann Laube photo.

  Property recently acquired by Holston Habitat for Humanity will allow the organization to triple the size of the current Resale Store, and buy and store building material in bulk.



   Habitat representatives spent more than a year searching for more space and hit the jackpot at 750 E. Main St. in downtown Kingsport. This spring, Habitat will open a new 13,000 square-foot Habitat ReStore, joining more than 750 Habitat Re-Stores across the country, as well as utilize a second 15,000 square-foot space for storage. Three smaller buildings on the property will house affiliate trailers and equipment.



   The Habitat ReStore will eventually replace the current Habitat Resale Store, which will remain open at 301 E. Sullivan St. until the ReStore opens in the spring. ReStores accept donated goods which are sold to the general public at a fraction of the retail price. The proceeds help local Habitat affiliates fund the construction of Habitat homes within their communities.



   “This property will house the store, the warehouse, and storage of affiliate equipment. The warehouse will be not just for equipment, but gift in-kind donations, appliances, etc.,” said Holston Habitat Executive Director Laura Swanson. “The hope is with the space that we’ll be able to buy in bulk and have some cost savings .”



   Currently, Holston Habitat stores building materials and equipment in a number of tractor trailers on property owned by Eastman Chemical Co.

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