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Habitat for Humanity ReStore Celebrates Grand Reopening in Traverse City

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Traverse City is relocating to better serve the community.

It’s bigger and better than their old facility. And organizers say the new space will help the nonprofit continue to build homes in Grand Traverse, Leelanua and Kalkaska Counties.

The Grand Traverse Region’s Habitat ReStore sells things like donated building supplies, furniture and major appliances. And proceeds all go to help support Habitat for Humanity’s mission: to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.

Michelle Reichert, the ReStore outreach manager, said not many people know what the new store has to offer and it’s exciting to show it off.

“Everything is brand new with school starting, we have backpacks…we have shoes,” Reichert says. “It’s just a great place to come because people don’t expect it to be here.”

On Friday, the Habitat-GTR ReStore is moving to 2487 Rice Street in Traverse City, near the intersection of Cass and South Airport Streets.

All of the money the store makes goes to serving the community and building houses for people in need.

Resource Development Manager Sue Cronover said, “We are trying to be part of the solution for affordable homes for our low income families. It’s hard to keep families here because of the high cost of living and low wages.”

The Habitat-GTR ReStore also offers a range of goods from paint to light fixtures, clothing, furniture, and more.

“Say a customer orders something and it’s not the right color or fabric,” Reichert says. “A lot of times they donate it to us. So we get a lot of brand new furniture that’s sold in the store to the restore offered to people.”

Again, you can find the new facility on Rice Street in Traverse City; that’s near South Airport and Cass.

The ribbon-cutting ceremony will be on Friday morning at 9 a.m. For more information, check out the Habitat-GTR ReStore website at