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Relocated Habitat ReStore readies for new customers

May 30th, 2012 7:51 am by staff report

Holston Habitat for Humanity has been building homes for 27 years. In 1992, the Habitat for Humanity Resale Store opened, selling surplus materials to fund more homes and support communities in the Tri-Cities.

On Saturday, the grand opening of the new warehouse-size Holston Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 750 E. Main St., in downtown Kingsport will take place with extended hours from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The new ReStore is four times the size of the former store on Sullivan Street, increasing both retail and storage space. Habitat volunteers have remodeled and refurbished the warehouse into a large, bright and customer-friendly space for the store, which sells household items and building materials that cannot be used in Habitat building projects.
The ReStore, like the previous Resale Store, will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays.

“The new store will be less crowded and easier to navigate,” said Laura Swanson, Holston Habitat for Humanity executive director. “We will be able to accept more donations and display more merchandise. If the items to donate are too large or too numerous for donors to bring to the store, Habitat will arrange a pickup at the donor’s convenience.”

Since its inception, the smaller Resale Store has raised almost $2 million and helped financed 60 local Habitat homes.
The smaller Resale Store has been operated by volunteers for 20 years. Because of the increased size of the new ReStore, more volunteers and donations are needed.

“We will eventually need to double the number of volunteers currently working in the store,” Swanson said. “There is a particular need for Saturday volunteers.”

The larger store will allow for more donations to be brought in and sold, benefiting Holston Habitat for Humanity, and ultimately having a larger effect in the community.

“We wanted to support the growing nationwide ReStore movement and increase the visibility and name recognition of our Habitat store,” Swanson said. “The new store will have a greater impact on the environment by recycling used items and keeping them out of landfills and will provide an opportunity for volunteers to support the work of the Habitat for Humanity ministry and to make a difference in the community.”

While the Resale Store in Kingsport has been successful for many years, Swanson says she hopes more leaders and residents from surrounding cities and communities will support the larger ReStore.

“We have had wonderful support from city officials in our efforts to purchase and renovate the new property,” she said. “Now, other community leaders can help by promoting the new ReStore as an asset to the entire region.”

Every item donated and purchased helps raise funds to build Habitat for Humanity homes throughout the affiliate region, which includes Bristol, Elizabethton, Johnson City, Jonesborough and Kingsport. Donations of furniture and appliances are especially welcome.

For more information or for a donation pickup, call 378-4760.

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