HAGERSTOWN Habitat for Humanity of Washington County is seeking warehouse space in Hagerstown to open a ReStore, a facility that would sell home-improvement items at a discount.
Kathy Powderly, Habitat's director of development, said as a small, nonprofit organization, Habitat for Humanity cannot afford to lease the building at the market rate, but owners of vacant warehouse space could get a tax break by leasing a building to the organization.
ReStores are facilities in which bargain hunters and people who cannot afford home-improvement items can get discounts at 50 percent to 75 percent below retail prices, Powderly said. Customers can buy everything from household appliances to furniture.
ReStores accept materials, such as lumber and bricks, that are left over from construction sites, she said. The items are then resold to fund Habitat for Humanity's operating costs.