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Habitat to open ReStore in Woodstock

WOODSTOCK –It took nearly a year and a half, but the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity has secured a location for a ReStore.

The reseller of building materials will open this year – in six to eight weeks, if things go as planned – in the former location of a Kmart at 2205 S. Eastwood Drive, Woodstock.

ReStores accept donations from contractors, hardware stores and the public.

“The best way to put it is a thrift store for building materials,” said Jerry Monica, executive director for Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County. “We accept either new or gently used [materials], and then we offer them at the ReStore for cents on the dollar.”

Habitat for Humanity of McHenry County had been looking for a Restore location in Crystal Lake and McHenry before settling on Woodstock.

Monica said cabinets, doors and windows are among the most frequently donated materials. But the store will sell other items, such as power tools and furniture, depending on what comes in.

“We’re going to sell whatever becomes donated to us,” Monica said. “If I get a box of construction gloves, I’ll sell that.”

There are 750 ReStore locations in the U.S. and Canada. Seven are in the Chicago area, with Elgin and Gurnee being the closest to Woodstock.

The Elgin and Gurnee locations each gross more than $1 million a year. Monica said he expects similar numbers at the Woodstock location.

“Both of those stores draw from McHenry County,” Monica said. “So we think it’s a great opportunity to serve those people who are forced to go to those other locations.”

Monica said the store will help Habitat become more self-sustaining, and allow the organization more say in how it spends its money. Habitat relies heavily on support from the federal government, which restricts the ways money can be spent, Monica said.

All ReStore profits will be funneled into Habitat programs in McHenry County, he said.

Besides selling refurbished items, the store will accept and recycle electronic goods such as television sets, computers and cellphones.

“We think it’s definitely a socially responsible business that we’re going to be opening,” Monica said.

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