Habitat for Humanity of Hall County ReStore
Where: 2380 Murphy Blvd., Gainesville
More info: 770-718-1070 or www.habitathallcounty.org/the-restore/
As the Habitat For Humanity of Hall County ReStore settles back into its former Murphy Boulevard location after a year at 975 Chestnut St., officials say customers may be the ones who benefit most from the move.
“We are going to be much more aggressive on our pricing, so it will be lower than it has been in the past,” said Tim Williams, executive director for the local Habitat organization. “It’s a little bit smaller of a space, so we’ve got to turn the merchandise quicker.”
The ReStore recently moved from a 10,000-square-foot space on Chestnut Street to an 8,000-square-foot facility located at 2380 Murphy Blvd., a site the organization has owned for more than a decade.
Dave Sneed, ReStore director, said part of the more aggressive pricing is an “automatic markdown.”
“The price drops 25 percent every week,” Sneed said. “After one week, it’s 25 percent off; after two weeks, it’s 50 percent off; and after three weeks, it’s 75 percent off. If it’s still there after that, I’m going to give it away, throw it out, recycle it or scrap it. We only have a certain amount of space to work with.”
Williams said the ReStore moved from Chestnut Street after being approached by officials with the Greater Hall Chamber of Commerce, who had been talking to a company from outside the country about coming to the county. Williams said that company, which has not been announced yet, needed the entire 30,000-square-foot space. The ReStore was only using a third of that space.
“It was a good opportunity for the city,” Williams said. “It was a little selfish for us, too. It was hard for people to find us over there, and it was a little hard to get in and out of.”
Sneed said the transition has gone well.
“The move went about as good as it possibly could have gone thanks to a lot of hard work from staff and volunteers,” said Sneed, adding that Jimmy Adams of Adams Properties and Adams Moving and Storage provided use of a semitrailer for the move. The ReStore was only closed five days.
Sneed said customers have followed the ReStore to the new location.
“People love ReStores, and they’ll find you,” he said. “As soon as we knew we were moving, we really tried to tell our customers, both verbally and by putting fliers in the bags.”
“We’re quite happy with the way things are going so far and the number of people who are finding us,” Sneed added. “We believe that there’s a great deal of potential for this campus here, and we look forward to developing it and making our ReStore really profitable so we can serve families. That’s what we’re here to do.”
Williams said proceeds from items sold at the store go to Habitat, which has built affordable housing in Hall County for the past 28 years. He added the organization hopes to make $250,000 a year from the ReStore.
“Our goal is to cover 100 percent of the administration costs through the store,” he said.”That way, when somebody donates $1,000 for a house, we can put all $1,000 into the home.”
The store has a variety of items including furniture, appliances and building supplies. No clothing or food is sold in the store. Items are donated, and about 50 percent of the inventory is new.
“You can never tell what’s going to be in there,” Williams said. “We’re making about seven pickups a day all across the county. We may not have anything in the morning you like, but in the afternoon it might be full of high-end appliances.”
The ReStore will have a grand reopening July 14-15 with a ribbon cutting on July 14 and contests, prize drawings and other customer appreciation activities the following day.