By RUBEN LOWMAN
Habitat for Humanity will hold a groundbreaking for their newest ReStore location in Longs on Friday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m.
The nonprofit organization already operates one ReStore in Myrtle Beach and will be breaking ground on their second location in the local area. Staff from Habitat’s ReStore organization board members will be on hand for the ceremony, as well as community members from the North Myrtle Beach area.
“The Habitat ReStore model is much more than a thrift store, it is a vital financial component to support our mission to build safe, decent and affordable homes for families in need in our community,” said Jason Greene, the executive director.
“The importance of this expansion cannot be underscored enough for it will allow Habitat for Humanity of Horry County to expand new home construction, maintenance and repair activities, financial literacy programs and community impact projects… which will allow us to serve more families in Horry County.”
The Longs ReStore groundbreaking will be held at 2191 Highway 9 East. Habitat for Humanity plans to construct a 20,000-square foot ReStore facility just off Highway 9, at the corner of Charter Drive.
The facility will be in front of the Colonial Charters community. Construction on the new ReStore is expected to take approximately 10 months according to officials within the organization, with the new store opening in January 2024.
The ReStore locations are retail stores that focus on offering discounted windows, doors, paint, hardware, tools, furniture, appliances and decor.
According to organization officials, sales from the Myrtle Beach location helped to keep 1,100 tons of materials out of local landfills and fund the construction of three homes over the past year.
The ReStores accept donations of new and gently used home furnishings, appliances and building materials, which the ReStores sell to the public at a great discount.
The donated materials and strong volunteer workforce help to generate profits, which in turn go directly to the nonprofit.
This allows Habitat for Humanity to help enable families in need to access affordable housing.
“With this expansion of a second ReStore, Habitat for Humanity of Horry County will now be capable of serving a larger part of our community base of Horry County,” stated Joey Gregory, ReStore manager of Horry County.
“This expansion will allow us to provide greater resources to our community to strengthen our mission of building safe, decent, affordable housing and continuing to support our other programs.”