Habitat for Humanity Roaring Fork Valley (RFV) opened its so called ReStore 2.0 to the public on January 18, creating 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.
This affiliate’s has desired to have the best ReStore in the country, and customers have been delighted with their attractive building from the moment they pull into the parking lot. The idea of a a one-stop customer shopping experience helped drive the design team’s focus. ReStore has a bright, open, spacious, uncluttered showroom, where Habitat displays its extensive treasures in an visually pleasing layout.
Habitat RFV was also keenly aware that their a sustainable business model needed a permanent location in the valley, versus their prior inefficient and costly situation of rising rents and moving from store to store. 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), their dream has become a reality! In the end, Habitat RFV will be saving money by owning their own building, guaranteeing a stable future for employees and 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 marketable skills.
Shoppers from all over the Western Slope have been giving glowing testimonials:
“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
Be sure to check out the new ReStore in Glenwood Springs if you have not visited yet! For more information, visit HabitatRoaringFork.org. And if you want to learn about using Alpine Bank for your own online financial needs, check out our mobile app.
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