COLONIE After only five years at its original location, the Habitat for Humanity Capital District ReStore has outgrown its home on North Pearl Street in Albany and will be opening new, much larger doors on Fuller Road this month.
The ReStore warehouse, which sells low-priced furniture and home appliances to help raise money to build affordable homes through Habitat for Humanity Capital District, is one of 180 in the country. The 10,000-square-foot warehouse at 454 North Pearl St. began to overflow with donations, and when the store hit the $500,000 mark this past year, Manager Dave Harrison knew it was time to find a new location. Now, volunteers and staff members are working hard to convert a former lumber warehouse into 24,000 square feet of retail space by mid-August.
“We knew it was time,” Harrison said. “This building came available and seemed like a perfect fit.”
The new space will offer several changes over the other store. Besides being more than double in size, the new location at 70 Fuller Road will provide more curb appeal and drive-by traffic since it is near Central and Western avenues, as well as more parking. Harrison added that the location is all around safer, as many customers didn’t necessarily feel comfortable traveling to the North Pearl store.
The ReStore, which depends about 90 percent on donations, takes in products like furniture, kitchen appliances, cabinets and building materials. Furniture, Harrison said, makes up about 40 percent of the sales.
“We don’t take just anything. It has to be functional, still structurally sound and in fair-to-good condition at the minimum,” Harrison said.
Harrison said unlike the older location, the ReStore at Fuller Road will be offering some new products, including Valspar Paint.
“There are organizations out there that just believe in the Habitat mission and provided (products) to us at a lower cost,” Harrison said.