After an in depth analysis, the administrative team at Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland has determined that it will be more efficient to merge the two ReStore locations into the larger ReStore facility located at 300 Grove Avenue and to not renew the lease at the North Lee Highway location. With that decision made, Habitat of Cleveland has begun updating and renovating the South ReStore. Habitat is dedicated to the continued success of the ReStore and has received a donation of $10,000 from WACKER Polysilicon North America to purchase a new truck. The truck will allow increased opportunities to pick up donations throughout the community.
Because of the generosity of the Cleveland community, there are many treasures to be found at the ReStore. Originally designed to sell primarily building materials, the Restore has expanded its inventory with a wide variety of items including: clothes, housewares, antiques, holiday items, jewelry, sporting goods, exercise equipment, furniture, appliances, electronics, and building materials.
The ReStore had humble beginnings that started in a small building donated by Whirlpool Corporation on Euclid Avenue. What started out as a yearly auction to raise funds in the mid-90s, became a weekly “Warehouse Sale” every Thursday in 1998. Due to increased demand and great success, the Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors made the decision to open the Habitat Home Store five days a week, leasing a building on Edwards Street in September of 2004. In the very first month, the store was operating with a profit. Donations and sales continued to increase and the need for paid staff and a larger facility quickly became a reality. In 2009, the old movie theater on Grove Avenue was remodeled to accommodate the new “South ReStore” and Affiliate administrative offices.
The Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland ReStore has contributed to the success and fulfillment of Habitat’s mission of building and repairing homes, communities, and hope in Bradley County.
The ReStore accepts donations in sellable condition such as furniture and clothing that are gently used. ReStore profits are used to purchase building materials for the construction of homes and are also used to cover operations and administrative costs for the organization.
Customers can find countless items at affordable prices, and the ReStore opens up endless possibilities to turn discarded items into treasures through Do-It-Yourself re-purposing and refurbishing. Additionally, the ReStores have kept over 4,000 tons of materials out of our local landfill through its recycling efforts, extending the life of the landfill and saving Bradley County tax payers money.
Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland seeks to put God’s love into action while bringing people together to build and repair homes, communities, and hope.