Hundreds of shoppers lined up Saturday morning anxiously awaiting the grand opening of Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex’s new ReStore.Bailey Walker was among the first shoppers through the doors, and with a new apartment to furnish came to the ReStore for “things that are super cheap but also new — good stuff.”
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Windsor held its grand opening on Saturday, May 25, 2019. Customers are shown in the lighting section during the event.
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The new 22,000-square foot home improvement store at 51 Edinborough Street is the first Habitat for Humanity ReStore to be built from the ground up and is one of the largest in the country.“They built the building for us, they took in all our input and then they put it into the store,” said regional ReStore manager Rick Young. “We’ve done things here that changed the game for our workers and our volunteers and makes their lives easier.”The new ReStore has an improved system for its loading dock and donation drop off area, running what Young called a “river system” allowing donations to move through the store faster, which has been an issue in the past.“That’s our goal is to move it as quickly as possible,” he said. “In the past, we would lose stuff to weather because it would sit outside in a pile waiting to get in and then the next thing you know it rains on it and we can’t use it.”The Windsor store is also one of the only ReStores with a kitchen display, offering a free service that has volunteers take out a person’s old kitchen if they’re remodelling. They then reassemble it in store, allowing people the chance to see the kitchen as a whole to know if it’s going to work for their space.
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Windsor held its grand opening on Saturday, May 25, 2019. Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens, left, Justin Fox, board member Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex, Lynn Chalut, volunteer of the year, MPP Lisa Gretzky and Fiona Coughlin, Executive Director of the organization are shown during the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
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Habitat for Humanity ReStores sell donated new and gently used furniture and building materials at a lower cost and uses the funds raised toward its Build Program to repair and build homes for those in need.Olwyn Coughlin came to the store out of support for Habitat for Humanity, her daughter, Fiona Coughlin, is also the executive director of the Windsor-Essex branch.“Most of all it is the work that they do,” she said. “That’s what I like about Habitat —they’re changing lives, really changing lives.”