Diane Mitchell says Habitat for Humanity’s 6,000 square foot expansion to the charity’s Restore outlet could allow them to build an extra house a year in Thunder Bay.
The new space will allow the organization, which funds much of its local through Restore proceeds, to bring in more rescued furniture and appliances, something the organization wasn’t able to do in the smaller, 4,500 square foot space it used to call home.
“Now, by bringing in those items, as well as being able to bring in more product in general, it allows us to make more revenue here, which go into building houses for families in need in Thunder Bay.”
Mitchell said it’s been a long haul to get to this point, but it’s been worth every second of the wait.
“We finally found a way to be able to do it and make it work. And with the support of our national organization, we’re good to go,” she said.
Tyson Neill has been with Habitat for more than a year, and helped oversee the addition and said he hopes it will double the amount of money they bring in.
It’s all about supporting more families and building more homes.
“Essentially, yeah, that’s the end game,” he said.
“On top of that we’re diverting more solid waste from the landfill. We’re reclaiming and recycling product. I think we’re probably the largest recycler in the city for that stuff.”
The Restore first opened its doors in 1994.
To celebrate the grand re-opening of the business, the Habitat for Humanity Restore is hosting a customer appreciation day on Saturday, featuring a storewide 50 per cent off sale and a Storage Wars competition that will see customers have the chance to bid on a truckload of treasures.
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