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Habitat for Humanity (HFH) Edmonton celebrated the grand opening of its relatively new Sherwood Park ReStore location on Tuesday, July 27.

The pomp and circumstance of the official ribbon-cutting ceremony were delayed since its opening in mid-January due to COVID-19 restrictions, but that delay did not change how the non-profit felt about the new 20,000-square-foot store located at 7 Streambank Avenue in Sherwood Park, just off Broadmoor Boulevard.

“Sales have been really good,” Amber Lachambre, ReStore director with Habitat for Humanity Edmonton. “We’re really excited about the level of support that the community has given us. Sherwood Park has embraced us with open arms, as we knew they would, as well as people who are coming in from the communities along the Yellowhead Highway corridor, Fort Saskatchewan, and the surrounding areas. It has really brought a lot of people into the community to engage with Habitat who might not have in the past.”

“We knew that uptake would be high for this kind of retail experience in Sherwood Park and we knew that we had support from the community through past builds as well as from customers who would come into the ReStores in Edmonton. It seemed like a natural fit,” she added.

Habitat for Humanity’s Sherwood Park ReStore accepts donations of household goods and building supplies. More volunteers are also welcome. Lindsay Morey/News Staff
Habitat for Humanity’s Sherwood Park ReStore accepts donations of household goods and building supplies. More volunteers are also welcome. Lindsay Morey/News Staff

ReStores are also aimed at environmental-conscious customers and the circular economy lifestyle; giving household items and building materials a second life, thus diverting waste from landfills.

The store maintains 15 full-time and part-time employees, but there is a dedicated team of volunteers who also help accept donations, arrange the store, and sell goods.

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“We’re always welcoming more volunteers. We always say there are three ways you can support Habitat and that’s shop, donate, or volunteer,” said Lachambre. “We love it when people come and shop and spend money with us, but we welcome people to bring their unwanted household goods and furniture, and there are volunteering opportunities within the store, so you can support a worthy cause and also interact with other people.”

Deputy Mayor and Ward 1 Coun. Robert Parks thanked HFH Edmonton for its investment in the community.

“ReStore is a model that offers a true triple benefit: creating waste diversion opportunities by offering a way for people to donate reusable and sellable items as opposed to throwing them out, creating opportunities for folks to purchase appliances and other household items at an affordable price, as well using the proceeds to support Habitat for Humanity’s mandate for creating affordable homeownership opportunities for families,” Parks said in his congratulatory remarks.

Ward 1 Coun. Robert Parks was able to find some hidden gems following the July 27 ribbon-cutting event at the Sherwood Park ReStore. Lindsay Morey/News Staff
Ward 1 Coun. Robert Parks was able to find some hidden gems following the July 27 ribbon-cutting event at the Sherwood Park ReStore. Lindsay Morey/News Staff

All of the money raised at Habitat’s ReStores goes directly back into the non-profit’s operational funding. That means any funding collected from its community partners and sponsorship goes directly to building homes for families in need of affordable housing.

“We are committed to the community for a long time from this location,” Lachambre added. “The community has really embraced the model and we’re excited to see how it grows in the future.”

The store’s operating hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Saturday.

The communities of Leduc, Spruce Grove, and St. Albert have also voiced their interests in future ReStore locations, and HFH Edmonton said those opportunities could be evaluated.

To stay up-to-date on Habitat for Humanity Edmonton’s initiatives, follow them on social media — @Habitatedm — on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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