TROY — The Habitat for Humanity of Miami and Shelby Counties’ ReStore has a new place to call home.
The ReStore recently opened its doors at its new location at 1490 W. Main St., Troy, from its former location on Race Street.
Executive Director Sharon McGill said the expanded space is customer-friendly to offer more discounted home items, including its new furniture department.
“Just in the week we’ve been here, furniture is topping out real close with appliances,” said McGill, who said all appliances are checked in the store to ensure they are in working order prior to being placed on the showroom floor.
Donations include new and used windows, doors, appliances, paint, lighting fixtures as well as home and garden goods.
“We were literally packed to the gills,” McGill said Thursday.
McGill said the Race Street location was so full of home and construction items that the organization had to move donations to its warehouse for storage.
“This community is just extremely supportive. We were getting so many donations that we filled that store and whatever we had left we had to take it somewhere else.”
McGill said the store’s success is driven by the community’s re-purposing and recycling initiative and those who support the ReStore’s mission to support the Habitat for Humanity organization.
“Everybody comes in and their eyes light up, ‘This is great!’ Our previous customers tell us the difference is so dramatic, ‘Oh this is so great!’ It’s open, it’s wide, it’s clean. People who have never been to a ReStore before come in and ask about the mission and how it all works. They had no idea something like this existed and they think it’s great,” McGill said.
McGill said the new location is booming now that it is closer to Interstate 75. The ReStore has served customers not only in Miami and Shelby counties, but as far away as Indiana, Dayton, Columbus and other metro areas.
McGill said her team has worked hard to make the new layout more user-friendly to focus on a more friendly space.
“People are finding us easier, so our donations are up,” McGill said.
The ReStore is also partnering with local construction companies to place storage pods to collect brand new items such as doors and windows that were not able to be installed. The ReStore also has partnered with local home improvement stores to receive brand new, in-the-box fixtures such as lighting and ceiling fans. McGill said the items are in new condition, but the vendors need to move old inventory to make way for new displays and new lines of products.
“Everything is usually half or less (than retail) price,” McGill said. “It’s just a three-way win.”
Proceeds from the ReStore’s sales directly benefit the Habitat for Humanity organization. McGill shared the organization’s fall’s audit showed 92 cents of every ReStore dollar benefits the Habitat for Humanity organization.
Donations are accepted in the back of the store during store hours or call to schedule a pick-up for large items through the ReStore’s truck service. Donations are tax-exempt.
The ReStore is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Restore’s new phone number is (937) 703-9683. For a full list of accepted items, visit www.hfhmco.org.
McGill said the ReStore is in need of volunteers to help sort donations, make repairs, stock shelves, and other customer service tasks.
Volunteer information is also available online.
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