In order to establish a presence in the fastest growing area in Hamilton County, Habitat for Humanity is making plans to open its second ReStore in Ooltewah. The new 21,000-square foot store, at 9408 Apison Pike in Apison Crossing, will open on Friday, April 21.
Habitat’s ReStore operates as a retail store, accepting donations of new and gently used household, furniture, hardware and building items from individuals and businesses in the community.
These goods are then sold to the public at a reduced cost, usually 50 – 70% of the original price.
“We are extremely excited about being apart of the Ooltewah/Apison/Collegedale community,” said David Butler, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area. "All proceeds from the ReStore sales go directly into funding our mission of building homes for deserving families in Hamilton County. We only build homes for individuals and families who are in need and have completed the mandated requirements to become a Habitat homeowner, including fulfilling 350 sweat equity hours and completing homeownership educational classes. These homes are sold to partner families at no profit and are financed with affordable, zero interest mortgages.”
Habitat opened its first ReStore in Chattanooga off of Main Street in 2004. Last year, it generated more than $500,000 in sales, enough to build seven Habitat homes.
“We hope to double our sales which will help us to increase the number of homes we are able to build annually through the opening our second ReStore,” said Glen Golden, ReStore’s district manager.
In preparation for its April opening, Habitat plans to hire ten employees to staff the store. Officials also need assistance from the community to help stock the ReStore with donations of household items. Some suggested items to donate to the Restore include:
Cabinets Working Appliances
Furniture (indoor and outdoor) Houseware and Home Décor Items