Habitat for Humanity ReStore opens in Fresno

Habitat for Humanity’s second ReStore is open in Fresno.
Habitat for Humanity’s second ReStore is open in Fresno. Habitat for Humanity Fresno County

Habitat for Humanity’s second ReStore location is open.

The nonprofit home improvement store and donation center, an arm of Habitat for Humanity Fresno County, quietly opened Sept. 13 in an 8,300-square-foot storefront on the southwest corner of Shaw and Brawley avenues.

The store sells new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building and paint materials at discount prices. The proceeds are used to fund the construction of new homes for Fresno County families.

People are coming in and “checking things out,” said Torin Blount, ReStore director. “We’re in the process now of filling up shelves with a mixture of product.”

Habitat opened its first ReStore in 2008 with help from the city of Clovis, which donated 2,000 square feet of space to the agency in the former Swiss Colony Winery on Clovis Avenue, south of Ashlan Avenue. Two years later, the store moved to Railroad Avenue, behind the Lowe’s Home Improvement store at the corner of Shaw and Clovis avenues.

Record sales at the eight-year-old Clovis store and an aggressive goal by Habitat’s new executive director, Matthew Grundy, to serve 10 times the number of families from last year led to the search for a second ReStore location.

A grand opening celebration will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1. The community event will have food, a bounce house, face painting, a mobile library and coupons to shop at the store.

BoNhia Lee: 559-441-6495, @bonhialee

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

4065 W. Shaw Ave., Suite 105, Fresno