Habitat for Humanity ReStore to expand this summer

Staff writer

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in James City County’s Colony Square shopping center will soon expand for the third time since it first opened in 2012 by moving into the former Rite-Aid space next door.

Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg signed a lease with Suttle Holding Corporation to take over the former Rite Aid space, adding 17,600 square feet to the home improvement and donation center, according to a Habitat for Humanity news release.

The addition will bring the store up to a total of 40,616 square feet, ReStore manager Jonathan Martinez said.

Since it first opened in April 2012, the Williamsburg Habitat for Humanity ReStore has accepted donations and carries used furniture, appliances and building materials at a discounted rate.

The store’s proceeds go toward the Habitat for Humanity homebuyer program, which funds the building or renovation of homes for families in need. Martinez said the high number of donations that the store has received necessitated the extra space.

“Through Habitat International, we calculate how much profit is generated per square foot in our store and when it gets past a certain number, that’s when we have to expand, and we are far above the number that they suggest for us,” he said. “We’re just getting so many donations that we’re bursting at the seams.”

A portion of the added space will be used as an on-site storage facility, Martinez said, but the majority of the former Rite-Aid will be used as an addition to ReStore’s existing sales floor.

The store’s logistics team will also move over to the new space once renovation work is completed, he said, which will allow community members to walk in and schedule appointments for free donation pick-ups.

While the timeline on the project is subject to change, Martinez said he expects the expansion work to be completed this summer.

“It’s very exciting, and it’s just a reflection on our community,” he said. “The fact that we’re able to expand just doesn’t happen by accident. There’s plenty of reasons why this is happening, and that’s because of our donors, our volunteers and our customers.”

Through the proceeds generated at the two local ReStore locations in Williamsburg and Newport News, Habitat for Humanity has been able to build over 75 affordable homes in the area, according to the release. Habitat looks for homebuyers with strong credit, an include between 45 to 80 percent of the median area income and the ability to pay for their new homes, according to the release.

Habitat for Humanity ReStore is at 1303 Jamestown Road, and is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store is closed on Sundays. For more information, call 757-603-6895 or visit habitatpgw.org/williamsburg-restore.html.

Lawn care company Virginia Green recently announced that Jon Moss has joined its Williamsburg office as branch manager.

Moss previously served as golf course superintendent at Fords Colony Country Club, according to a company news release, and also owned his own lawn and landscape company.

“I have admired the excellent service that Virginia Green provides their customers in Williamsburg and throughout our state, and I have eagerly awaited an opportunity to be a part of this thriving company,” he said in the release. “I am thrilled to join Virginia Green and continue to provide excellent service to our community.”

Virginia Green serves Williamsburg, Richmond, Fredericksburg and Charlottesville with more than 180 employees, according to the release. For more information, visit virginiagreenlawncare.com/williamsburg/.

Arriaza can be reached at 757-790-9313 or on Twitter @rodrigoarriaza0.

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