Editor’s note: This article has been updated to more accurately reflect worker reductions in hours at Carrabba’s and Outback Steakhouse.


The Blue Springs ReStore is scheduled to reopen today. The store, at 1219 N.W. Missouri 7, originally opened six years ago this week.


Its hours are 9 to 5 Wednesday through Friday and 9 to 3 Saturdays.


The Independence store remains closed for now. Both are run by the Truman Heritage chapter of Habitat for Humanity.


The concept is simple: The stores sell salvaged or donated items – home fixtures, building supplies, all kinds of stuff. You never know what you’ll find. That keeps things out of the landfill, and Habitat earns money to put toward its mission of helping people get good housing.


Habitat says merchandise will be sanitized before being sold, and it’s not scheduling donation pickups right now.


New in town


The Independence Council for Economic Development has hired a CEO and president.


He is J.D. Kehrman, former city manager in Nevada, Mo., and before that city manager in Bowling Green, Mo. He starts June 1.


Tom Lesnak held that job for many years and then switched into a dual role, running the EDC and the Independence Chamber of Commerce. Recently, he stepped away from the EDC and now is focused solely on the chamber.


More rough news


The layoffs and furloughs continue:


• Visionworks, which makes and sells eyeglasses, notified the state of Missouri of nearly 100 furloughs at 13 sites in the state, including eight positions at Independence Center, six at Summit Fair in Lee’s Summit and 12 at Ward Parkway Center in Kansas City.


• Bloomin’ Brands in late April reported to the state of Missouri that it had "significantly reduced the number of working hours for the vast majority of its restaurant employees" but "has not yet terminated the employment of any restaurant employee and does not have current plans to terminate the employment of any restaurant employee," though it says the reduction in hours could constitute a layoff under the Worker Adjustment and Retaining Notification Act. Overall, that reduction in hours affected 935 people at 13 locations across the state, including 81 at Outback Steakhouse, 20000 E. Valley View Parkway in Independence, and another 51 next door at Carrabba’s.


Jeff Fox is The Examiner’s editor. Reach him at jeff.fox@examiner.net.