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Nonprofit tags next home-improvement thrift shop

March 26, 2014
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Nonprofit opens home-improvement thrift shop
Habitat for Humanity of Kent County sells used home-improvement items at its ReStore thrift shops. Photo via fb.com

A nonprofit has opened a thrift shop in the region to sell used home-improvement items — and raise funds.

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County opened its third ReStore in Hudsonville this past weekend, at 2460 Chicago Drive, after a soft opening earlier this winter.

The 9,500-square-foot space, formerly a Family Dollar, employs three workers.

ReStore sells donated home-improvement items at discount prices, with the proceeds going to support Habitat for Humanity’s local work to build affordable homes.

Sustainable store

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County said its ReStore shops, including two Grand Rapids locations, have generated $7.4 million in sales and diverted about 4,800 tons of material from landfills, since the first store opened in 2004.

“Our ReStore franchise is an essential part of Habitat Kent’s commitment to sustainability — sustainability through resource conservation and through sustainable funding,” said Mary Buikema, executive director, Habitat for Humanity of Kent County.

Habitat for Humanity operates about 50 ReStore shops in Michigan and about 800 nationwide, said Kent County ReStore Director Tom Hyde.

“We know from experience that a ReStore is a win-win-win scenario,” Hyde said.

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