YORKTOWN — Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg will open its new ReStore in Yorktown on Saturday, May 6, with a grand opening community celebration from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The Yorktown ReStore is located at 4824 George Washington Memorial Highway, next door to Langley Federal Credit Union in Yorktown.
The opening of the Yorktown ReStore marks the third local ReStore under the direction of Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg.
The Yorktown ReStore, which occupies 13,000 square feet, will sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public, typically 30-90% off of the retail price. All proceeds from Habitat ReStores support the mission of building homes, communities and hope in the local community.
The local affiliate of the international nonprofit operates the two most successful ReStores in the commonwealth in Newport News and Williamsburg. Habitat CEO Janet V. Green anticipates similar success for the third local ReStore.
The Williamsburg ReStore at 1303 Jamestown Road is the largest in Virginia at 40,000 square feet, while the Newport News ReStore is 23,000 square feet. The Williamsburg and Newport News ReStores rank in the top 25 among 900 ReStores nationally.
“We believe we have found the perfect location for customers to shop that also has a convenient drive-thru drop-off for donations,” Green said when the new location was announced. “We know there are a lot of generous people who would like to donate items as well as shop for good deals along the busy Route 17 corridor in Yorktown.”
The goal is to build at least one house per year. It costs $125,000 to construct one Habitat house. The homes are sold to families who have qualified to purchase them through the Habitat first-time Homebuyer Program.
“We have set the goal of building at least one more house each year with ReStore proceeds, but obviously we would like to do even more than that,” Green said.
“The benefits of home ownership stretch beyond just providing strength, stability and independence for each family,” Green continued. “There’s a ripple effect to the entire community.”
Gary McFadden, who will manage the new store, began working at the Newport News ReStore nearly six years ago, and is passionate about the ReStore’s mission. “I love waking up every morning with a purpose of serving not just my family but the families we partner with to build homes,” he said. “I also enjoy helping families who are ReStore customers locate the one item they weren’t expecting to find.”
“We might be smaller, but we intend to make a big impact,” said McFadden “Hello, Yorktown!”
Habitat for Humanity has a history in Yorktown, as the nonprofit previously operated a ReStore drop-off donation center there, which closed in 2017.
“The Yorktown area was so great in the community as a donation center that it made a lot of sense to try to find a retail space there,” said Steve Russell, Director of the Williamsburg ReStore. “People would come in looking to shop there. Now we have a place for them to do that.”
Donations can be currently dropped off at the Yorktown ReStore from Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Follow the signs around the building and the Habitat team will help unload your tax-deductible donation.
After the store opens on Saturday, May 6, donation drop-off hours will be Monday through Saturday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Residences and commercial businesses can schedule a free donation pickup online or by calling 757-932-8976.