Our ReStore withdrawals
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No doubt, regular customers of the Habitat ReStore are already shaking from withdrawals — and perhaps with low-grade fevers — and this is only the sixth day since the popular discount retailer’s temporary closing.

The bad news is shoppers must wait another six days until the community-friendly merchant reopens its doors.

The good news is once those front doors are unlocked, it will signal a grand reopening, one that not only will provide a significant 25 percent savings on all merchandise through Oct. 20, but will showcase an expanded retail floor that is doubling its size.

For those with short memories — probably due to anticipation — the Habitat ReStore, which last year paid for the construction of three new homes by Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland, will hold ribbon-cutting and grand reopening ceremonies Oct. 11 at 11 a.m.

The store temporarily closed to business at 5 p.m. last Saturday to allow staff and volunteers to complete the transition. Earlier this summer, construction began on an 8,000 square-foot expansion to the ReStore whose growing pains had brought an ache to its bulging inventory after only three years of operation. For those who know anything about a Habitat ReStore, this is nothing short of incredible.

One, it points to the value that Cleveland, Bradley County and surrounding areas place on the presence of this discount-priced retailer that sells “gently used” and new items.

Two, it is strong testimony to the caliber of leadership that is running the ReStore — the director is Paulette Smart — and the dedicated staff of volunteers who are keeping it running six days each week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Three, it is indicative of the staunch partnership that exists between the ReStore and Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland.

Four, it is a critical measure of this community’s support for the ReStore, its mission and the ideals that govern its day-to-day operation.

Five, it is as much a tribute to individuals, families, businesses, industries and even other nonprofit organizations who recognize the difference they can make by donating unused, unwanted or unneeded items to the ReStore as opposed to tossing them into the household garbage or hauling them to the Bradley County Landfill for costly disposal.

Six, it is an environmentally friendly way of recycling refuse; that is, by keeping them out of the landfill or at the very least delaying their departure for the south Bradley County facility.

The Habitat ReStore’s astounding growth in Cleveland is a credit to how this community has embraced the idea of helping others through donations without expectation of pay or payback. In truth, the biggest and most rewarding return to donors is the knowledge that their old junk likely will become a treasure to another family, and the proceeds from its sale will go directly — 100 percent — to the purchase of materials for additional Habitat for Humanity homes.

In Cleveland, this is especially important because staff and volunteers of the local affiliate are now building on three fronts — the Century Village, Southgate Hills and Victory Cove subdivisions. Once filled, these developments will constitute approximately 100 new owner-occupied housing units.

Even as Habitat crews lay foundations for the future with new partner families, a slew of volunteer teams are building the affiliate’s milestone structure. House #100, soon to become the home of Sylvester and Stella Hetiback and their four children, will be dedicated Dec. 5 in Century Village.

This is why the temporary closure of the Habitat ReStore is an exciting development ... because when it reopens, it will be even bigger and better.

By all accounts, the Habitat ReStore is a store of love, one that has been funded, built, replenished and sustained by the kiss of angels.

We eagerly await its Oct. 11 grand reopening.

Indeed, it will be a grand occasion.