WICHITA — The Habitat for Humanity ReStore shop is doubling its space with a move to the Plaza West shopping center at the southwest corner of Central and West.
“We are just growing,” says director Katrina McGuigan. “We’re getting a lot of good stuff coming in from our donors and just needed to find a bigger showroom floor space.”
The ReStore shop is a retail discount home improvement store that has new and used merchandise donated by the public.
“We exist to support Habitat for Humanity,” McGuigan says.
The current showroom is 6,000 square feet at the southwest corner of Harry and Hillside. The new one will be 12,000 square feet and have 3,000 square feet more for storage.
“Our loyal customers will easily follow us,” McGuigan says. “And we’ll have a whole new, fresh set of customers on that side of town.”
“This just makes all the sense in the world for us.”
McGuigan says she also likes that the new space is only one floor instead of two, which will make moving merchandise easier.
“It’s flat over there.”
The existing store will close Nov. 21 and the new store will open Dec. 1.
The Junior League of Wichita is going to help the store move.
“We depend heavily on volunteers,” McGuigan says.
“We pick up donations every day,” she says. “We make it easy for our donors.”
The store, which has some larger items in a warehouse, opened in 2005 as a Habitat for Humanity Home Mart at Towne West Square. McGuigan says it moved to increase visibility for shoppers and those who donate to the store.
Doug Malone and Grant Tidemann of J.P. Weigand & Sons handled the deal for the Plaza West space.
McGuigan is going to have a new challenge with so much extra space and all the merchandise it will hold.
“I have had to stop becoming a ReStore hoarder,” she says.
She says she’s not the only one.
“I think there’s a lot of ReStore hoarders in this town.”