Volunteers help get the Grimsby ReStore up and running
It’s been a lot of work to transform the new Grimsby ReStore from an old printing factory to a retail outlet. Since December of last year, volunteers, staff and trades people have been very busy tearing out the old and installing the new to make this ReStore ready for business.
“It’s been an extensive project,” explains Keith Gowans, Habitat Niagara’s COO, who is leading the project. “The building was a former printing shop for over 30 years, we had to fully demolish the inside of the building and install new electrical, plumbing, HVAC, insulation, and drywall. We also had to redesign the front of the building and grade and add ramps to the back of the building so that customers can drop-off and pick-up donations. It’s also our largest ReStore to date with immediate visibility from the QEW.”
Working on the demolition and construction of the retail facility were many talented individuals including Habitat staff, Build volunteers, Crew Leads and Salvage volunteers. “Honestly, we couldn’t have done all of this without their help, they’ve put in countless hours helping to renovate the store to make it shiny and new,” said Keith.
Volunteer recruitment has been ongoing, seeking people to help set-up the store and provide ongoing support to merchandise, stock shelves, clean and repair product, provide customer service and maintain the store. Over 50 individuals have been through the interview process and orientation to volunteer at the ReStore and another 25 are still needed.
Since May, new volunteers have been painting, assembling racks and shelving, merchandising and displaying product. At the end of June, the store was ready to accept donations from the public, and new volunteers were loading and unloading donations, and preparing them for the shelves.
In mid-July the store opened to the public with a soft-opening as it puts the final touches in place making everything ready for its Grand Opening on Saturday, August, 12th, when a ribbon cutting ceremony and barbeque will take place along with in store specials.
Habitat for Humanity ReStores are home renovation outlets that offer new and gently used building supplies, kitchens, décor, appliances and much more for a fraction of the retail price – plus you never pay HST. Habitat Niagara now operates three ReStores (St.Catharines, Fonthill and its newest location at 185 South Service Road in Grimsby). The revenue generated from these stores help to support Habitat’s home building program and cover all of its administrative costs.