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ReStore closed until new location is found

Tomorrow, Habitat for Humanity's ReStore in Wartburg will close thedoors of the now empty warehouse.

But when they'll re-open, hopefully in a Stratford location, is still unknown.

The outlet, which accepts donations of building materials to sell to the public, helping to fund Habitat for Humanity's homes for needy families, saw an opportunity to boost donations and sales after completing a survey last fall.

That survey found about 80 per cent of customers, donators and volunteers came from the city.

"We realized people who are going to donate to us aren't willing to drive to Wartburg on the way to the dump," said Jinny Macdonald, Stratford-Perth Habitat for Humanity chair of the board of directors.

"It seemed logical to try to find a location as close to the dump as possible for people's convenience."

Finding a location has been the hardest part. Looking to either buy or rent, ReStore has found prices in the city to be prohibitive.

"Cost is a problem. One of the big costs is taxes for renting and buying," said Macdonald.

The Wartburg outlet was 7,000 square feet and Macdonald said they're hoping to find a location with 5,000 square feet in the city.

Until then, all their goods will be stored in a barn in Mitchell. Habitat wants the community to know they're appreciative of the support given to date and hopes when ReStore finds a new home it will continue.

"We appreciate the willingness of volunteers, owners and customers to go as far as Wartburg to support us," said Macdonald. "We hope when and if we're able to re-open that they will continue to support us because the money we earn goes to build houses for needy families and recycles items that would otherwise be filling up our dump."

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