ReStore closes shop

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September 20, 2016 12:00 AM

Poor yearly sales to blame

Habitat for Humanity on the Border has decided to hang a closed sign on one of its major fundraising initiatives.
The ReStore, a business that accepted donated products and then resold them to raise funds for the organization, has been closed down and the shop, property and everything in it will be auctioned off Oct. 1.
“The business has become unsustainable and we made the decision as a board that it was time to close the doors on it, so the auction is the result of closing down the business,” said Brad Onofrychuk, interim executive director of the local Habitat for Humanity chapter.
Habitat for Humanity is a group with a mandate to provide safe, decent, and affordable homeownership for families in housing need.
When it was open, the ReStore accepted donations of things like furniture, housewares building materials and other items so people in the community could go and buy those items, with the money raised going to bills at the store and any left over cash going into Habitat’s other operations.
But sales kept dropping over the past few years and this year the organization found the the store to be no longer viable.
Onofrychuk assures that Habitat for Humanity isn’t going anywhere, though, and will instead look at other ways to raise money.
“We’re just closing down this arm of the business; we’ll continue to build homes in the region and we’ve run various fundraisers like the 100 Women (for Habitat) and we’ve had Chris Hadfield (retired Canadian astronaut) here a couple years ago,” he said.
“So we’ll continue to do what we do, we’ll continue to raise money and there are some government grants available when we build as well; so our funding comes from many different places other than the ReStore.”
Some of the items being auctioned include a Bobcat, 16-foot trailer, a flatbed trailer, four or five C cans, all of the store’s inventory and even fixtures like shelving and racking.
Onofrychuk said there’s no exact target as to the amount of funds the group hopes to raise during the auction, but organizers would like to sell off the property, inventory and equipment for at least $30,000.
However, as dire as it may look for the ReStore, it also might not be the end.
“I do have to say if conditions down the road, once things are settled, are right, we might open another ReStore—that’s not off of the table, but conditions would have to be right for us to do that,” he said.
But as it stands, the ReStore is currently out of operation and Onofrychuk wants people to refrain from dropping off anymore donations.
“I know people are trying to be generous, they want to add to what we’re able to sell; the ReStore is full, and our job right now is to clear that property off as best we can during the auction.”

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