Habitat ReStore is now open

Thursday, May 4, 2006

After months of planning and hard work, Habitat for Humanity of South Barry County's ReStore in Cassville will open for business on Friday.

The store, located in the old Lonnie's Florist building on Main Street, will be open on Fridays from 1 to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

According to David Samuel, local Habitat president, all proceeds from the store will go toward building homes for persons living in south Barry County.

The ReStore offers a vast selection of home furnishings, hardware, plumbing, appliances and other home goods.

"Anyone can shop at the store," said Samuel. "Many of the products are new, and persons who are budget minded can pick up some real bargains."

Items that are sold at the ReStore have been donated by area residents. Samuel said that building and home-related items will continue to be accepted for resale.

"Because of staffing and getting the store off the ground, we ask that donations be made during store hours," Samuel said. "To drop off materials, we ask that you be prepared to unload the materials and place them in the store for us, or make arrangements in advance for someone to assist you."

The local Habitat board expects the ReStore to generate revenue of about $45,000 per year, which is enough to build one home.

Currently, Habitat of Humanity of South Barry County has five projects in the planning stages. Samuel said once partnerships are in place, the board will be making formal announcements about the building projects.

In addition to providing Habitat with a new source of funding, a ReStore will provide the community with a recycling option.

"Many of the materials we will resell would have otherwise ended up in our landfills," said Samuel.

Items that are accepted for donation could include lumber, hardware, working lawn and garden equipment, working appliances, tools, fixtures and furniture.

"Donors are asked to donate only those items they would purchase themselves," Samuel added.

The ReStore in Cassville was renovated through volunteer labor and will be staffed by volunteers as well.

For more information, call the ReStore during business hours at 846-0110. Anyone interested in volunteering can call Samuel at 847-4372 during the day and at 847-1442 in the evening.

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