Cape May County Habitat for Humanity Opens ReStore

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Cape May County’s Habitat for Humanity is no longer one of the only affiliates nationwide to not have a ReStore location of its own.

“We’ve been building to this for the last five years, to get big enough and strong enough that we felt we could open a ReStore,” says Shawn Lockyear, executive director of Cape May County’s Habitat for Humanity.

The local affiliate of the nation nonprofit opened up its version of the Habitat ReStore store just this past weekend.

“We had 155 different people work on this project over 5,500 volunteer hours," says Lockyear. "Over four and a half months went into this place.”

The 16,000-square-foot location in Cape May Court House has everything for sale from furniture to door knobs.

“The way that Habitat ReStore works is we all take donations from the general public,” says Lockyear.

Some products are also donated by local retailers. But all of the profit from the merchandise goes directly to the Habitat for Humanity chapter that runs the ReStore.

“What we’re going to use the money for is to expand our building program. We want to be building year round. We’d like to see ourselves getting to four or five houses a year. Right now, we’re at the one to two range,” says Lockyear.

We want to be building year round. We’d like to see ourselves getting to four or five houses a year.

The new store also offers a new opportunity for volunteering.

“There are a lot of people that would like to participate, but they don’t feel that comfortable at a construction site, so this is a way for them to get involved,” says Lockyear.

After roughly three days being open, the new store already met revenue goals and workers had to restock shelves multiple times.

“We get new stuff every day," says Lockyear. "We want people to keep coming back because you never know what you’re going to find.”

The Cape May County Habitat ReStore is officially open Mondays through Saturdays for shopping or dropping off donations.

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