Habitat for Humanity ReStore expands showroom, evening hours at new location
More local families will be able to benefit from the work of Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity thanks to the new location of its Habitat ReStore.
The store has been open about a week in a larger space on Augusta Road across from Lowes. Allison Kirby, development director for Central South Carolina Habitat for Humanity, said the move has resulted in a much busier store and more proceeds.
“We’ve had twice the customers and twice the sales,” she said.
Kirby attributes the difference to the added convenience of the new location and its visibility to the thousands of people who drive down Augusta Road each day. The Habitat ReStore previously sat across from the city of West Columbia water plant on Sunset Boulevard near Meeting Street.
“We wanted to be in a higher traffic area … and have a newer building with more space,” Kirby said.
The Habitat ReStore on August Road features a larger showroom and a parking lot with easy access to Interstate 26.
Each shopper does his or her part to support the mission of Habitat for Humanity — advocating for and supporting affordable housing for all — when picking up a gently-used lamp or sofa to take home. Additional families will be able to work with Habitat to obtain better, permanent housing because of the increase in traffic and sales.
“More sales equals more homes,” Kirby said.
Kirby said all proceeds made at the Central South Carolina Habitat ReStore stay in the local community.
More volunteers for the ReStore are needed because of the expanded showroom. Kirby said people can work as many or as few hours as they wish; tasks include stocking items and providing customer service.
Customers who want to bring items to the store or browse what is available can come an hour later than at the old location. The Habitat ReStore is now open until 6 p.m. on weekdays to accommodate those who can’t stop by until after work.
The Habitat ReStore is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. People who want to donate large items can call the donation hotline at (803) 936-0090 to schedule a pickup time.