Habitat for Humanity ReStore celebrates expansion

By Cara Spoto

Nov. 11, 2018

 (From to left): Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly, Mervyn Byrd, vice president, sales & leadership development for the Waukesha County Business Alliance; Diane McGeen, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County; Ginger Kollmansberger from U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson's office; and Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow celebrate the expansion of Habitat for Humanity's ReStore, 2120 E. Moreland Boulevard, on Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
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WAUKESHA – The Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 2120 E. Moreland Boulevard has always been a popular place to pick up used hardware, appliances and furniture for the home, but the operation now has a lot more more room to hold all of its offerings.

The store, which is run by Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County, recently expanded its footprint at the Westbrook Shopping Center by more than 9,000 square feet.

On Friday, local leaders came to celebrate the expansion and even spend a little time perusing the numerous couches, end tables, china cabinets and dining room furniture filling the new space.

Kicking off the brief ceremony, Diane McGeen, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Waukesha County, marveled at all the hard work of Habitat volunteers who made the project possible, as well as all the area residents who donated furniture to the now 18,000square-foot store.

“You know the saying 'if you build they will come?’ Well, we built this, and I don't know where all this merchandise came from, but it just appeared and we just feel so grateful,” said McGeen, adding that all store sales help the nonprofit build more houses.

Mayor Shawn Reilly praised Habitat and the partnership the nonprofit and the city enjoy.

“Habitat is transforming White Rock Avenue for the city of Waukesha,” Reilly said, referring to the nonprofit’s ongoing project to rehabilitate and construct homes along the street.

After looking through the store, he quipped that he was glad that he didn't take measurements before leaving home that morning.

“I didn't bring my truck, but I will,” he added.

Other speakers, including Mervyn Byrd, vice president, sales & leadership development for the Waukesha County Business Alliance; Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow and Ginger Kollmansberger, from U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson's office, also spoke about how impressed they were with the expanded store and Habitat's work.

Farrow encouraged community members to think about slightly used items at their homes that they could donate to the ReStore, noting that his family donated cabinets to the nonprofit as a part of a kitchen renovation project.

“When someone buys an item from the ReStore, the dollars go back into providing more homes in our community and I think that's they key,” Farrow said. “We need more homes, and this is a great opportunity to help in those causes.

The ReStore is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.