January 15, 2020
STATESVILLE, NC–Our Towns Habitat for Humanity plans to open a third Habitat ReStore in Statesville by the end of the year. The new location will be in a prime retail location, at 1893 E. Broad Street, in the Bi-Lo shopping center, next to Planet Fitness.
Habitat ReStores support affordable housing by reselling donated new and gently used items to the public, with all proceeds benefitting Our Towns Habitat’s homeownership and critical repair programs. Merchandise offered at the new Statesville location will include furniture, appliances, building materials, home décor and other home improvement supplies.
Demand for a Habitat ReStore in Statesville has been strong since a previous store closed early last year. The former Statesville ReStore closed due to a poor location that impacted profitability. Our Towns Habitat’s leadership is confident the new ReStore location will make it a profitable endeavor, as well as a valuable resource for the community.
The space that will house the new Habitat ReStore also includes a conference room and office space, allowing Our Towns Habitat to have a fixed physical presence in Statesville. While its administrative offices are located in Cornelius, the affiliate serves all of North Mecklenburg and Iredell County, following a 2014 merger with Habitat Iredell County.
“We have never stopped working to ensure everyone in Statesville has a decent, affordable place to live,” said Our Towns Habitat Executive Director Jeff Porter. “The return of the Habitat ReStore, and accompanying office space, will serve as a visible reminder to Statesville community of the work we are doing to end poverty housing.”
Construction in the Habitat neighborhood of Partnership Way in Statesville is ongoing, with a new home dedicated there in June, and another expected to be completed later this year. Proceeds from the new store will help support continued construction to complete the neighborhood.
Dawn Bumgarner, the former store manager of the Mooresville Habitat ReStore, has been named the organization’s Director of ReStores.
Donations are already being accepted for the new store. To learn what kinds of items can be donated and schedule a donation pickup, visit ourtownsrestore.org or call 704-896-8957, ext. 204. A grand opening date has not been set, but it is anticipated that the store will open in November or December.
Recruitment for volunteers, who are critical the success of any ReStore, is also already underway. Volunteers will be needed to help prepare the store for opening; to accept, sort and price donations; and to stock merchandise and arrange displays. To learn more about volunteer opportunities call 704-966-4477.
Habitat ReStores operate on a partnership model with the communities where they are located, relying on community donations to offer quality merchandise for customers. The primary mission of ReStores is to support affordable housing through ReStore sales. But ReStores also have secondary benefits, by keeping usable items out of landfills while offering high-quality, low-cost merchandise to customers.
ReStores are popular with property managers and do-it-yourselfers looking for cost savings, upcyclers looking for items they can creatively give new life to, and “treasure hunters” seeking collectibles and vintage items.
About Our Towns Habitat for Humanity
Our Towns Habitat for Humanity is a 501(c)(3) organization bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope in North Mecklenburg and Iredell Counties. Habitat homeowners build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. In addition to new home construction, Our Towns performs critical home repair services to alleviate serious health, life and safety issues. Our Towns aims to serve 70 families in 12 months through new home construction and critical repairs to existing homes. To learn more, visit ourtownshabitat.org. You can also follow Our Towns Habitat on Facebook and Twitter.