SAUGANASH — A new store offering recycled home goods for sale will open Saturday morning, and all of the proceeds will benefit Habitat for Humanity.
Local officials eschewed the traditional ribbon cutting for a ceremonial wood-cutting Friday to celebrate the opening of the new 29,000-square-foot ReStore Chicago store at 6040 N. Pulaski Road in Sauganash.
While Ald. Margaret Laurino (39th) said she was initially skeptical that a store selling used furniture, appliances, cabinets and lighting would be a good addition to the business district near Pukaski and Peterson avenues, the finished store is "spectacular."
Four stores are slated to open nearby in the coming months, including the first CorePower Yoga studio on the Far Northwest Side, which is scheduled to open Dec. 5 at 4124 W. Peterson Ave.
Restore Chicago will open to the public at 8 a.m. Saturday, with a free breakfast and visits from food trucks that will donate 10 percent of their sales to Habitat for Humanity.
Mighty House Radio, a home improvement show, will broadcast live from the store and offer shoppers tips on projects inspired by items discovered at the store.
All of the proceeds from sales at Restore Chicago will be donated to Windy City Habitat for Humanity, which works to provide safe and affordable homes for the approximately 260,000 Chicagoans who need stable homes, Executive Director Jennifer Parks said.
Habitat for Humanity builds or renovates homes for qualified families — with their help — and offers zero percent interest 30-year mortgages, Parks said.
The store will also help the environment by keeping reusable items out of landfills, Parks said.
New items will be sold at 50 percent off, while used items are offered at a deep discount, store officials said.
ReStore Chicago is looking for volunteers as well as the donation of flat carts, lumber carts, a riding floor scrubber and janitorial supplies.
The store is also looking for appliances less than 10 years old, complete cabinet sets, furniture in nice condition and tools. All of the items can be delivered during business hours, and may qualify for pick-up service.
The store's regular hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays.
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