By Clint Parker
Weaverville – More than a hundred people turned out for the opening of the new Restore facility-operated by Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity Saturday morning (Aug. 24th). The local Weaverville store is the second store in the greater area.
On hand for the opening were Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Andy Barnett along with Weaverville Mayor Al Root and Weaverville Council Member Jeff McKenna. After both Barnett and Root made several opening remarks and cut the ribbon for the opening, the waiting crowds were allowed to enter the 10,000 square foot retail space that was previously occupied by Ace Hardware (see story page 11). Mayor Al Root wrote a Letter to the Editor in response to an Arrest Report article.
The new Weaverville ReStore will offer much of the same merchandise as the flagship store in Asheville: gently used furniture, housewares, appliances, building supplies, art and more. There is a donation drop-off lane and plenty of parking. Store hours are 10 am – 6 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.
The Weaverville store will also stock some new items such as tie-downs (bungee cords), locksets, yard tools, area rugs, recycled paint, and more. Guatemalan and Ethiopian coffee from Dynamite Roasting Co. will be available for purchase by the bag, with proceeds from sales directly supporting Habitat for Humanity in Guatemala and Ethiopia through Asheville Habitat’s Global Engagement program.
Barnett said that he was happy with the way the community has worked with his company to provide this new location and looks forward to serving the area, not only to offer good used merchandise at reasonable prices that will fund their housing efforts but also to divert those goods from taking up space in a landfill.