LIMA — The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Lima held its official ribbon cutting and grand re-opening Saturday after closing temporarily in March.
The store was closed so a new floor could be installed.
The store itself has been opened for a few weeks now, but the event Saturday was more of a celebration and an effort to get people into the store.
“I think a lot of people have already seen it, but as you see by the attendance today, a lot of people haven’t. We’re really super excited and proud of our floor, and we’re proud that Re-Deck of Northwest Ohio did such a great job and took their time and so super happy to have everybody out today,” said Jim Lewis, manager of the Lima ReStore.
As an incentive to bring people in, the store purchased 200 pieces of new furniture from Target.
“We didn’t quite get all of it out, just some of it, and it will continue to come out through the following week as we continue to get it ready in the back room,” Lewis said.
“The floor was in pretty much rough shape, a lot of cracks, disarray we had to paint it every year, which was a lot of maintenance. We had Re-Deck of Northwest Ohio come in. They repaired all of the cracks, ground all of the concrete down and then put down this new surface that you see,” Lewis said.
Proceeds from the ReStore goes to help fund Habitat for Humanity.
“It’s a win-win for everybody. It’s a way for people who are looking to be part of an organization to be a part by donating materials. It’s a great way for the community to support Habitat by buying things that they might need, and then in turn, that all goes to build homes for people in need,” he said.
At 10:30 a.m. Adah Ellerbrock with the Chamber of Commerce joined others from the ReStore in cutting the ribbon.
“The fact that they’re constantly looking at ways they can redo the store and make it better and a better experience for their customers — ways that they can reach out and make it a better shopping experience — also makes an impact on the community. The fact that ReStore is here and they’re looking to serve the community in many ways, it’s fantastic,” said Ellerbrock.
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