SALEM- The Habitat for Humanity of Northern Columbiana County ReStore will open to the public Saturday at its newest location.
The ReStore held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday at its new location, the former Salem Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership at 1965 North Ellsworth Ave. It will open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
A ReStore is a retail store run by a local Habitat for Humanity affiliate that sells to the public new and used furniture, construction materials and items for the home. Profits from the sales are used to further the housing ministry of the local chapter, according to HHNCC Executive Director Barb Loudon.
"It's not just a business, but a business with a purpose," she said.
The new location, the third for the HHNCC's ReStore, provides twice the showroom space as the previous 6,000-square-foot East Pidgeon Road location, as well as expanded area to receive contributions. The building is being leased from owner Tom Patterson.
"We continue to outgrow buildings," Loudon said. "You never know how successful it will be."
Loudon acknowledged the help of architect Doug Sipp and the Ohio Department of Commerce in completing the relocation, plus volunteers including truck drivers and movers Lee Kornick and Lisa Jones who played an instrumental role in stocking the new store.
"Everyone knows that Habitat for Humanity is a residential builder," she said. "We appreciated the guidance through the commercial process that our architect and the commerce department provided Scott Craven, Habitat construction manager, and our home building volunteers.
"We thank the many volunteers who contributed hundreds of hours of work to renovate this building into our new store," she added. "We also thank the many local businesses that generously contributed time and materials to our project. We never could have transformed this former car dealership into a retail store without their time, talent and donations."
Donations of good and useable items may be dropped off at the store from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Pick-ups may be scheduled by calling the ReStore at 330-337-4808. All donations are tax deductible.
Volunteers are needed to clean items, test electronics, do minor repairs and help price items for sale, as well as display merchandise, clean the facility and conducting special events and sales. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact store manager Chaney Nezbeth at 330-337-4808 or stop in.
Habitat for Humanity, a United Way organization, is a Christian ministry that builds simple, decent homes for families in need. The homes are then sold to partner families at no profit and with a zero percent mortgage held by Habitat. In addition to paying a mortgage, property taxes and insurance, the families contribute considerable volunteer time to the construction of their home and the home of another family.
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