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  • ReStore to open in the spring

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    The Truman Heritage chapter of Habitat for Humanity is opening a ReStore at a prominent spot on Missouri 7 in Blue Springs.
    “We’re spreading out, and we’ve got a lot on the table,” said Michael Straughn, ReStore director for the chapter.
    The store will be on North Missouri 7, just north of Interstate 70, in the old 84 Lumber site. Point of Hope Church is in the back of the building, and the ReStore will be in the front. Straughn said he hopes to have it open by early April.
    “We’ve got groups of volunteers waiting to get the walls up and get it going,” he said.
    ReStores have been popular. They carry a wide and constantly changing variety of goods: furniture, lights, paint, plumbing and electrical fixtures. Much is leftovers given by contractors; sometimes retailers will donate goods.
    Often old items are salvaged when homes, offices, restaurants or other facilities are torn down or remodeled. Part of the stores’ appeal to do-it-yourselfers is the cost and part is finding new items and an occasional surprise from day to day, Habitat officials say.
    The stores, run with a lot of volunteer help, also turn a profit.
    “It makes Habitat self-sustainable,” Straughn said.
    The Truman Heritage chapter opened its first store, at 505 N. Dodgion St. a couple of blocks east of the Independence Square, a year and a half ago.
    “The community has really latched onto that one,” Straughn said, adding that sales have run 30 percent higher than projections.
    The store in Blue Springs will be about three times the size of the Independence store, and will give Habitat a better place from which to stage work in places such as Blue Springs and Grain Valley. He noted that Habitat, whose focus is affordable housing for everyone, has shifted somewhat from its traditional role of building homes to also include home repairs.
    Truman Heritage serves all of Eastern Jackson County, and other chapters serve other parts of the metro area. The Blue Springs store will be the metro area’s sixth, and a seventh north of the river is in the works.
    The Blue Springs store, with billboards visible from I-70, will raise Habitat’s profile in the area, Straughn said. It also gives many people who want to support Habitat, or just find a bargain, a closer option.
    “We have a lot of people that come from Grain Valley, communities out that way,” Straughn said.

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