Habitat opens discount store

Posted: Thursday, November 11, 2004

 

  Volunteers David Fison, center, and Mack Padgett, of Conoco Phillips, assemble a desk at the ReStore, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, in Anchorage, Alaska. Habitat for Humanity has opened the discount store, selling new and used building materials to benefit its cause. The nonprofit group, which builds affordable homes for low-income families, is banking on volunteers to help run the 5,000-square-foot store. AP Photo/Anchorage Daily News, B

Volunteers David Fison, center, and Mack Padgett, of Conoco Phillips, assemble a desk at the ReStore, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2004, in Anchorage, Alaska. Habitat for Humanity has opened the discount store, selling new and used building materials to benefit its cause. The nonprofit group, which builds affordable homes for low-income families, is banking on volunteers to help run the 5,000-square-foot store.

AP Photo/Anchorage Daily News, B

ANCHORAGE (AP) Habitat for Humanity has opened a discount store in Anchorage selling new and used building materials to benefit its cause.

The nonprofit group, which builds affordable homes for low-income families, is banking on volunteers to help run the 5,000-square-foot ''ReStore.'' The group has ReStores in 37 other states.

The Anchorage store's inventory includes paints and stains, lumber, appliances, cabinets, hardware and plumbing and electrical supplies.

Though some of it is used, much of the merchandise is new, donated by area retailers, contractors and individuals, who can write off its value as a charitable tax deduction.

The new items are sold for about half what they'd cost at a regular store.

Used items are sold at an even deeper discount, said Colin Hogan, the ReStore's manager.

Some of the new items were discontinued at area retail stores and made their way to the ReStore in part because it was simpler for the retailers to donate them than to try to unload them in a clearance sale or ship them back to the manufacturer, Hogan said.

That's part of the reason Browns Electrical Supply donated lamps and other lighting equipment, said Chip Brown, vice president of the family-run business.

''But the biggest factor is giving it to somebody who can use it,'' Brown said.

The Browns have been involved with Habitat for Humanity for years, he said, donating electrical supplies as well as a piece of property to the group's home-building program.

Used items also are a big part of the ReStore's inventory.

''It's a little dated, but there's nothing wrong with this,'' Hogan said, peeking inside a shiny black gas-powered range and oven.

''It was going to end up in the landfill.''

The type and amount of merchandise available at the ReStore will vary based on what's been donated.

''We want to have enough of a variety of things so that so that you'll at least be able to find something at a great value,'' Hogan said.

After covering overhead costs, all the money raised by the ReStore sales goes toward Habitat for Humanity's home-building program.

Since it started building in Anchorage in 1992, the group has built 38 houses in Anchorage and expects to have completed another six by the end of this year, said Janis Wild, its Anchorage development director.

The organization also builds houses on the Kenai Peninsula. This past summer, the 12th home was completed in the Kenai-Soldotna area.



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