Eastside Habitat for Humanity Store to open soon

July 9, 2011

By Staff

NEW — 8 a.m. July 9, 2011

Habitat for Humanity of East King County plans to open a 10,000-square-foot Habitat Store by late summer.

Profits from the store support Habitat’s mission to build affordable housing. The nonprofit organization is in the midst of construction efforts in the Issaquah Highlands and Renton.

In the meantime, the Bellevue store is accepting donations for resale. Call 351-1186 or go to http://habitatekc.org/store to learn about donation options.

“We’ve been planning this store for a year and feel confident about moving forward after the University of Washington’s Leadership MBA Program completed a comprehensive market study last winter,” Tom Granger, executive director of the local Habitat affiliate, said in a news release.

Bellevue-based Chesmore Buck Architecture is designing the build-out of the store.

“We’re very fortunate they have donated their services,” Granger said. “They have been long time supporters of Habitat for Humanity in this community and with their expert input and cost effective approach, the Habitat Store is going to look fabulous.”

Habitat homes use environmentally friendly materials and follow “green” practices in design and construction.

“This new venture will provide a sustainable revenue stream for our building program while expanding on our commitment to responsible business practices by reselling quality products that otherwise would be sent to the landfill.” Granger continued. “We will be able to pick up and deliver items for our inventory which will focus on home décor and include cabinets, furniture, lighting and accessories.”

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