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.
Cara Spoto/Freeman Staff
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.
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.
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
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.
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
“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
ReStore is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through