Habitat ReStore celebrates new store
New location offers better access, more friendly layout
Despite an early morning rain, it was an especially good day for the folks at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Thursday morning, as they celebrated the opening of their new store with a ribbon-cutting and open house event for customers.
Located at 900 W. 10th St. between All Points Recycling and B&P Grocery, the new store continues to offer all types of household goods and building materials, but now even more in a 6,000-square-foot, expanded layout that allows items to be more efficiently displayed, along with improved customer access and better parking.
Inside, residents looking for household items to maintain, build or repair a home, or just shopping for treasures will find housewares, hardware, appliances, furniture, electronics and lots of miscellaneous.
The ReStore’s purpose has always been to raise additional funds to support Habitat’s mission, which is one-in-the-same: Putting God’s love in action, bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Its secondary purpose is to provide access to lower-cost building materials and household goods to the community, providing volunteer opportunities and keeping usable items out of landfills.
David Hermann, president of Habitat for Humanity of South Barry County, said the move has been a big undertaking, but a good one.
“Everything here is giving us better access,” he said. “We had limited parking at the other store and structural issues, which made it tough to bring in donations. But with these big bay doors, we have a much better in-and-out process, and are able to have the latitude to get things in, stocked and on the shelves. We can also access more customers in this location.”
ReStore hardware manager Carroll Ledenham agreed the new location is a huge improvement.
“We have a better structure and don’t have to worry about flooding,” he said. “At the other location on Main Street, the roof leaked all the time, and we had flooding and had to sandbag. There is better parking here, and it’s wheelchair-accessible, too. Traffic was so heavy, we had to wait 15 minutes just to get out at the end of the day or until the lights finally changed. We would have to drive clear around by Fasco. There were a lot of issues.”
Sharon Schacht, ReStore manager, is also very happy with the new location.
“We are so excited to be in this new structure,” she said. “There is much more access for the community.”
Schacht credits her team for the store’s transition.
“I’ve got a great team,” she said. “Carroll does a great job for me. He’s my go-to guy when items come in. I also want to recognize Sherry Uhl, my receiving coordinator, Carroll Ledenham, head of hardware, John Baty (through AARP), receiving department, Shawn Jones, donation pick up coordinator and Jake Kloss, part-time pick up driver.”
In addition to finding household items and building materials, it’s also just plain fun to shop at the ReStore, never knowing what treasures one might find, and at much cheaper prices.
“The store has many reasonably-priced items people can utilize in their home,” said Schacht. “Residents can come in and get something they need or want, and by doing so, it also helps the community get what they need to help people build a house.”
Hermann credited Habitat’s membership in the Cassville Chamber of Commerce for making the right connections in the community and finding the right resources, like Shawna Oltjenbruns of Community Support Services of Missouri, who works with developmentally disabled clients.
“It’s important to be a part of [the chamber] and impacts the community and all the businesses,” Hermann said. “If we had not have been a member, we wouldn’t have known about resources like Shawna. She has clients who maybe can’t stand all day, but can come in and clean, stock, and it makes them feel productive and part of society.”
Chamber Director Brittany Farris said one of the first things she does for new members is tell them about First Friday Coffee event to help them start making connections with other businesses.
“If I have a business interested in becoming a member, one of the first things I do is introduce them to that event,” she said. “That’s a perk for only our members to network with other members to expand their community knowledge and business growth.”
With only five paid positions, there is always work to be done, and anyone can volunteer with busy work or contribute specific skills to store.
“It all benefits the community,” Hermann said. “As word gets out that this is an opportunity for people who want to get out of house and volunteer a few hours — people will know this is a place they can come volunteer and feel like they have contributed to the community.
Hermann is pleased with the new store, and looks forward to its future and its presence as a resource for the community.
“This has been an exciting journey,” he said.
Hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more information, people may call the store at 417-846-0110.