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Hall Habitat ReStore moving, will close for 9 days during move
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Stephanie Watkins picks out baskets Wednesday evening at ReStore on Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville. The ReStore will be relocating to a space with more room, as well as more exposure. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Habitat ReStore grand opening

When: 10 a.m. May 7

Where: 975 Chestnut St., Gainesville

Contact: 770-718-1070

More info: www.habitathallcounty.org/the-restore

Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Hall County is moving from its current location at 2285 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville to a more central location at 975 Chestnut St.

The current store will close Wednesday, and the new facility will open May 7.

“We have been in business in Hall County for I believe nine years,” said Ann Nixon, executive director of Habitat For Humanity of Hall County. “We have been in three locations, and this will be our fourth, and hopefully final, location.”

The ReStore sells new and used home goods, including furniture, appliances and building materials including windows and doors. Funds generated through the ReStore are used toward the organization’s mission of building affordable homes.

Nixon said the store has grown with each move, and the new facility will be better suited to the store’s needs.

The new facility will have 10,000 square feet of interior space and an additional 5,000 square feet of exterior space. The current building is around 9,000 square feet of “really chopped up space.”

“So it doesn’t flow the same way at all,” Nixon said. “And it doesn’t have exterior space, which we will use. We’ll put things that are weather hardy out in the exterior space.”

The location in Gainesville is also an improvement, according to Nixon.

“It is right off of the busiest traffic roadway in Hall County, off E.E. Butler Parkway, so we’ll have much better exposure,” she said. “And we’re half a mile off 985, so we’ll be easy access for far more people in Hall County.”

ReStore is primarily donation-based. Donations can include household goods, but no clothing or food products.

“We accept donations of all resellable goods, but if you eat it or wear it, that’s not in our wheelhouse,” Nixon said. “Anything else, game on.”

The current location is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. A grand opening at the new ReStore will be 10 a.m. May 7 and will include “food, prizes and lots of great deals.”

A moving sale is underway now and will continue through Wednesday.

“We’re the perfect place for the unexpected find,” Nixon said. “If you had a roof over your head and nothing inside your home, you could find everything you need at a ReStore.”

The goal for the new location, Nixon said, is to improve business for the store and to increase awareness of ReStore in Hall County.

“Our hope is we’ll have a more vibrant business,” she said. “And that there will be much greater awareness of the existence of ReStore and the participation of the community at the ReStore.”

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