Habitat Kent reopens South ReStore, resumes construction

The store is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Courtesy Habitat for Humanity of Kent County

The local chapter of Habitat for Humanity is resuming some aspects of its operations.

Habitat for Humanity of Kent County on Monday reopened its South ReStore location at 5701 S. Division Ave. in Wyoming and, in the past couple of weeks, resumed home construction.

The nonprofit is preparing to welcome volunteers back to construction sites later this summer.

The ReStore closed in mid-March amid the COVID-19 pandemic and is reopening with several precautions in place, including enhanced cleaning procedures, such as routinely sanitizing high-contact areas; providing hand sanitizer stations; limiting the number of customers; placing social distancing markers; and requiring all customers inside the store to wear masks.

“Every ReStore shopper helps Habitat Kent build homes, communities and hope, and they are an important part of our mission,” said Bev Thiel, executive director of Habitat Kent. “We have taken our time with reopening to prepare enhanced health and safety measures that will help keep all ReStore visitors healthy and safe.”

Habitat Kent also asks customers to not visit the store if they are sick and to shop alone or in the smallest groups possible.

South ReStore is not yet accepting donated items or materials, but General Manager Scott Baldwin said the store will do so when it can.

“While it’s not quite business as usual yet, we are excited to see ReStore shoppers again and to start building more for local families,” he said.

The store is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday.

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