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Habitat opening home-improvement store in former Hagerstown Coca-Cola plant

October 14, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- Habitat for Humanity of Washington County will open a discount home-improvement store early next year at the former Coca-Cola plant on Charles Street in Hagerstown.

The store, which is called a ReStore by Habitat for Humanity, will sell donated items ranging from appliances to kitchen cabinets, said Kathy Powderly, Habitat's director of development. Profits will be used to help pay Habitat for Humanity's operating costs

"We've been collecting quite a bit (of merchandise) over the last several months," Powderly said. "We have a warehouse full to start right now."

Powderly said Habitat for Humanity is seeking other donated items, such as a cash register and adding machines, for administrative purposes.

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Workers are building firewalls at the ReStore and making other improvements to bring the building up to code, Powderly said. If everything goes as planned, the store will open before spring.

Habitat for Humanity will hire a manager to operate the ReStore, Powderly said, and rely on volunteers to provide customer service.

Powderly said Habitat for Humanity has been looking for a building to house the ReStore since October 2007. The organization was fortunate, she said, that Ed Sweeney of Sweeney Properties LLC agreed to rent the building at a discount.

"We're very grateful to find something this quickly at such a great location and low price," Powderly said. "We're so excited this is coming to fruition."

The ReStore will be open to the general public, Powderly said.

Habitat for Humanity is requesting that the following items be donated to the ReStore:

o variety of shelving

o pallet jack

o forklift truck

o furniture dollies

o cash register

o display cabinets

o pricing guns, label makers and adding machines with tape

To learn more, call 301-791-9009.

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