NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - You'll find the Nacogdoches Habitat ReStore on South Street, the former location of Liquidation Mall and before that Mathews Furniture. Regulars will notice its bigger and cleaner showroom with more accessibility and so much potential.
"We hope to showcase the items so they might catch your eye a little bit better, so you can find what you're looking for and to try to have a more regular stock of things that people really need," said Miki Lynn, executive director of Habitat for Humanity in Nacogdoches.
A freight elevator of brand new cabinets is easily unloaded. There's now enough room to stock unused items that larger restores capable of purchasing in bulk are willing to share. Brand new laminate flooring came from the McKinney restore.
"Everything will be bar-coded and a little bit more easier for checkout," explained Lynn.
The old finds aren't going away. The basement is full of donated items ready to be upcycled into no telling what. Pintrest followers have opened up a whole new clientele for the ReStore. Workshops on how to build creative items from recylced supplies are in the works.
"They'll be able to find a wide variety of things that won't necessarily be available at other places. We'll be able to do more cleanup and repair and testing so that they'll be better quality donations to make it to the showroom floor," said Lynn.
The Nacogdoches Habitat ReStore wants to double or triple its business by the end of the year.
"It also provides us with the funds to be able to hire the sub-contractors and the specialty skills that we need to get these houses built," said Lynn of the habitat homes volunteers and professionals build each year.
The occupant buys the home back at low interest, plus provides sweat equity.
The doors open Tuesday. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and 10 am to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
A ribbon cutting with the Nacogdoches Chamber of Commerce is at 4:30.
Shoppers are encouraged to attend a grand opening on Saturday. The open house celebration will offer music and food.