History of the ReStore
The first Habitat ReStore in Charlotte was opened in 1996 as a fundraising division of Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte. From 1996 to 2004, the Charlotte ReStore funded approximately one home per year. In 2004, the Board of Directors decided to renovate the original location on Wilkinson Blvd, and open a second ReStore in Charlotte.
Hundreds of volunteers pitched in for the extreme makeover of the Wilkinson location in early 2005.
The second location, on Wendover Rd, opened in February 2006. Operation Transformation started in late December, and the big box (once an old grocery store) was transformed into a 34,000 square foot ReStore. Construction was completed in February 2007, turning the remainder of the former grocery store into Julia's Coffee shop, the Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte's affiliate offices, and living space for full-time volunteers.
With two locations, the ReStore is estimated to fund the building of 10-12 new Habitat homes each year bringing the community closer to reaching the goal of eliminating substandard housing in Charlotte, NC.
What is a ReStore?
A ReStore is a store that accepts donations of new and gently used items from individuals and businesses in the community, and sells those items to the public at a reduced cost, usually 50-70 percent of the original retail value. All proceeds go toward building Habitat homes with the local Habitat affiliate.