Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley (RFV) opened its so called ReStore 2.0 to the public January 18 and has created quite a buzz in the community ever since. After years of planning and a true community effort, the local Habitat affiliate has a “Home” of their own–built with the same environmental consciousness that they put into the affordable housing units they build.
With the affiliate’s desire to have the best ReStore in the country, customers are delighted with the attractive building from the moment they pull into the parking lot. The goal of creating a one-stop customer shopping experience helped drive the design team’s focus. ReStore has a bright, open, spacious, uncluttered showroom, where Habitat displays extensive treasures in an easy to shop space.
Habitat RFV was also keenly aware that they had a sustainable business model that needed a permanent location in the valley, versus their prior situation of rising rents and moving from store to store which was inefficient and costly. Through a construction loan from Alpine Bank, an affordable mortgage from USDA Rural Development, a grant from CORE and donations from the founding partners (Alpine Bank, Bob Young, Connie & Jim Calaway, Bighorn Toyota, The Gardener Foundation, and the Morgridge Family Foundation), the dream became a reality! In the end, Habitat RFV will be saving money by owning their own building, guaranteeing a stable future for employees and all the while building more affordable homes in the communities they serve.
Opening the new ReStore has also allowed Habitat RFV to meet even more customer needs by providing new products such as: mattresses, “scratch & dent” appliances, flooring materials and rugs. In addition, they are now taking orders for custom kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities produced by prison inmates learning a marketable skill.
Shoppers from all over the Western Slope have been delighted, saying things like:
“The prices are so much better now that they are in the new building. Wow, over 40,000 sq. ft. of shopping. I go all the time now.” Rachel, Google 5-star review
If you have not visited yet, be sure to check out the new ReStore in Glenwood Springs! For more information visit HabitatRoaringFork.org.