Habitat for Humanity Announces Expansion of its ReStore Program and Plans to Open a Home Improvement Thrift Store (a ReStore) in Park City
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Habitat for Humanity of Summit and Wasatch Counties, Utah (Habitat) expanded its ReStore program, with the opening of a storefront in Park City on April 3rd.
Since 2003, Habitat has relied on its ReStore program as a portion of its funding mix. After careful evaluation, the Board of Directors determined that opening a retail store would be the best way to maximize the program’s significant potential to keep thousands of tons of materials out of local landfills, provide low cost construction materials and household goods to the community and encourage materials re-use and upcycling. Revenues generated by ReStore – a Home Improvement Thrift Store – support Habitat’s affordable housing services.
“Over the past two years, the demand for accepting donations has exceeded our storage space and our capacity to re-sell items without a store front – and we have tried several other options. But it’s become clear that formalizing the program with a store and a dedicated manager is the best option for our affiliate,” explained Lisa Schneider, Executive Director of Habitat.
“At the height of our ReStore program, between 2003 and 2007, it generated revenues ranging from a few hundred dollars to several thousand dollars monthly, with a part-time staff member using two mobile mini storage units,” Schneider added. “We will have a location for drop offs, local pick-up service, a show-room and regular store hours – making this program more successful in serving local demands and needs.”
Habitat recently finalized a lease with Rocky Mountain Power for building space that will house the new ReStore – located at 6280 Silver Creek Drive – just off I-40 and near Home Depot and Triumph. The ReStore will be in the same building complex as Rocky Mountain Power’s Park City Service Center.
The Habitat affiliate has hired Kris Swanson, a local member of the Park City Sunrise Rotary Club with over 20 year’s non-profit management experience, to direct ReStore operations. “I’ve been amazed at the high quality donations we’ve received and at the abundance of items we’ve been offered after other local charities have had to turn the donations down,” said Swanson. Swanson further explained, “Based on current, unsolicited donations and unmet demand for re-used construction and household goods, it is estimated that ReStore will be profitable its first year of operation. The long-term goal is for ReStore to underwrite 100% of Habitat’s operating costs.”
“ReStore is a natural fit with our “Green” building program and another great way for volunteers to become involved with Habitat. Construction companies, home renovation contractors, and property management companies will find that they can save hundreds of dollars in reduced dump fees by donating their left-over materials to The ReStore,” said Habitat Board Vice President Glenn Wright. Wright added, “ReStore’s four principal goals are environmental, economic, social and partnership focused. ReStores steward valuable local resources and preserve landfill space; ReStores also provide a self-sustaining funding source to the local Habitat affiliate and provide low cost household items for consumers.”