In order for work to be completed, the ReStore store will be closed from Oct. 1 to the 10. The last day the ReStore store will be open before the grand opening is on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Originally an empty theater building, the current building is now adding twice its current floor space of 8,500 square feet.
“Basically due to the generosity of the community,” said Paulette Smart, ReStore director, “we’ve outgrown this space.” With 800 ReStore stores existing nationwide, and with Cleveland being considered a rural community by Habitat standards, the local ReStore store is still listed in the top 100 stores in size and profit nationwide. “That’s huge ... That’s why our donations and customer traffic has outgrown the building.”
The new expansion building will be able to house additional departments and items for sale, such as paint and paint accessories and brushes, never-before displayed furniture, an entire new selection of clothing, a larger selection of flooring, carpeting and tile, as well as putting out its Christmas items for the coming holiday season
“We don’t have most of these items out now because we just don’t have the room for them,” she said.
And although unusable or broken items are trashed, the ReStore staff tries to use every item possible. They try to repurpose and reinvent items so nothing is wasted. For example, a piece of an old light fixture and the spindle from a staircase can be repurposed and made into a unique conversation piece.