Habitat Wake ReStore Joins "Furniture Row"

Ilyasah N. Shabazz | December 15, 2016

The finishing touches are complete to the retail showroom and donation facility for the newest ReStore operated by Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. The new Glenwood Avenue location in west Raleigh opened in December, making it the sixth ReStore location in Wake County, joining locations in Raleigh, Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, and Wake Forest.

The first ReStore, currently located at 2420 North Raleigh Boulevard near Yonkers Road in Raleigh, opened in 1991, selling reused building materials. All ReStores continue to sell reused building materials and furnishings, as well as new items at deep discounts. Most sought-after items include appliances, cabinets and furniture.  

The new ReStore is located at 8009 Glenwood Avenue. The 15,600 square foot space was formerly the home of the Wicker Gallery.

“We are really excited to expand our presence into northwest Wake County and join Raleigh’s furniture row,” commented Kevin Campbell, president/CEO of Habitat Wake. “It gives area residents a new option for donating and shopping, and another way to support Habitat’s housing mission.”

Last year, sales at the five Wake ReStores sold $4.2 million and helped fund the construction of safe, affordable Habitat which are built in partnership with hardworking families, who complete homeowner education, complete sweat equity hours, and purchase the homes with an affordable mortgage.  

Habitat Wake is currently recruiting volunteers for this new location to assist with donations procurement, customer service, merchandising, and cashiers. Visit www.wakerestore.org/volunteer to find out additional information and to sign up.

Customers can find a wide variety of remodeling and home improvement items such as tile, furniture, appliances, lighting, building materials, and more. These products are sold at discounted prices. ReStore merchandise is donated by area residents and businesses.

Many gently used building materials are sourced through Habitat’s Deconstruction program. Referred to as “Decon,” this service provides the careful disassembly of building structures to salvage materials for reuse and resale in the ReStore. Performed mostly by hand, this process can salvage up to 85% of a the buildings materials such as wood floors, architectural elements, doors, windows, cabinets, countertops, light fixtures, and a myriad of other useful items. Reclaiming these items again provides environmental benefits and will be resold in the ReStore.

Last year, the Wake ReStores reclaimed over 5,000 tons of materials that may have otherwise been slated for the landfills.

Habitat Wake ReStores support Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing mission. Habitat Wake partners with local families to build and buy safe, affordable homes.  More than 28,000 families in Wake County have an affordable housing need, meaning they are living in substandard housing or are paying more than 50 percent of their income on rent and utilities.

In addition to building new affordable homes, Habitat Wake offers exterior repair services to qualified homeowners. Services range from light repair work to roof replacements.

ReStore proceeds also provide affordable housing solutions around the globe by helping to build Habitat homes in Honduras, Cambodia, and Malawi. Several times a year, mission teams representing Habitat Wake travel to those countries to build homes in partnership with local families.