Lake-Geauga ReStore Expands to Eastlake

map_of_eastlake_ohLake-Geauga Habitat for Humanity has signed a lease for the 17,000-square-foot former Sears outlet at 34255 Vine Street in Eastlake.

The site is to house a ReStore discount home improvement center. Lake-Geauga Habitat For Humanity already has one in Newbury Township in Geauga County. “The new store could be open in August if all goes as planned,” said Executive Director William Meyer.

The Eastlake store will be more than double the size of the Newbury one, which will remain open. It requires about 65 volunteers to run it five days a week. “We are looking for people who want to help their community by using their skills and can dedicate four to eight hours a week on this exciting new venture,” said ReStore director Meredith Ashkettle.

ReStores resell gently used items at up to a 75 percent discount on retail prices. Supplies generally range from furniture and appliances to tools and knickknacks. Items such as lawnmowers and bicycles are carried seasonally.

ReStores are one of three funding sources for the nonprofit agency’s home building program. The others are donations and mortgage payments. The Lake County ReStore will initially have the same hours as Newbury’s, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays.

“The market potential is great in Lake County, and we are very excited for the opportunity to serve more families in need of safe, affordable housing while giving shoppers an additional place to find one-of-a-kind items at a bargain,” Ashkettle said. “You never know what you’ll find at the ReStore.”

Habitat officials are seeking volunteers for the new location as well as donations of goods to sell. Habitat typically averages four homes a year in Geauga County and has completed 86 projects to date. Qualifying families still are sought for a home built in Painesville. “Our target is those people who can afford a home, but not through conventional financing, because of the down payments and interest,” Meyer said.

For more information about housing or volunteering, call 440-226-3000. To make a donation, call 440-226-3212.

Geauga News
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