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News Photos by Darby Hinkley Habitat for Humanity Executive Director in Northeast Michigan Ted Fines discusses the opening of the new ReStore and the relocation of Habitat offices to the same location as the ReStore, 2630 US-23 South, across from St. Vincent de Paul in Alpena.

ALPENA – Two years after the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Chisholm Street burned down, it reopened in a new permanent location on US-23 South in Alpena.

The new ReStore opened on Monday and they made about $ 800 in business that day. A grand opening is scheduled for November 11.

In the meantime, the ReStore was operating from its temporary location at 2118 Werth Road in Alpena. This place has been closed since Oct. 8 as they moved to the new building, said Ted Fines, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan.

“So we lost a lot of revenue, but we needed time to set everything up, to move everything,” Fines said.

The store had been located at 400 W. Chisholm Street since 2005, until a fire consumed it on November 3, 2019. The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical.

Fines are pictured outside the entrance to the new office.

Fines said the new store has a lot more space than the temporary location and it’s much more convenient to have the offices located in the same building.

“We have been in the First Presbyterian Church since 1989,” Fines said of the Habitat offices. He has been the managing director for more than five years.

The new ReStore building has nearly 12,000 square feet of space.

“The ReStore itself is about 8,500 square feet, about 1,500 square feet for office space, and then” the remaining space is dedicated to “our build and intake area,” Fines said. “This is where we take everything, clean it and sanitize it, and build our ramps here and everything that has to do with construction.”

The temporary store on Werth Road only had about 5,200 square feet of space. The Chisholm Street store had around 15,000 square feet of space, but the new location is much more open, with high ceilings, new bathrooms, and huge back space to receive donations and build wheelchair ramps. and other projects for the Habitat for Humanity critical house. Repair program.

Above, Le Ellerhorst, manager of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore store, leans on the counter of the new ReStore store in front of a sign that read: “In seeking to put the love of God into action, Habitat pour l mankind brings people together to build homes, communities and hope in Northeast Michigan. “

“It really broadens our opportunities,” Fines said of the open space.

ReStore’s new renovations cost nearly $ 200,000, including an upgraded fire alarm system linked to their $ 50,000 fire protection system, which includes sprinklers. The fire protection improvements were required by the township, Fines added.

“We’ve invested almost $ 200,000 in this building, but it’s going to be here for a lot longer than I have,” Fines said. “It’s a good investment so far, and we’re looking for grants that we’ve applied for – the Besser Foundation and the First Federal Legacy Foundation, things like that.”

The new ReStore is located opposite the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, on the site of the old indoor flea market.

Habitat ReStore director Les Ellerhorst said he was happy to resume operations.

High quality remanufactured paint is available at the store, along with many other new and reconditioned hardware items.

“We had a fantastic first three hours, we were open yesterday,” he said.

He said reopening the store was great for Habitat and for the community.

“I love it,” said Colleen Helsom, deputy store manager. “I think it will be so much more customer friendly. “

A new illuminated sign is being manufactured by Omega Electric & Sign Company, Inc., Fines said, and is expected to be released soon.

Donations of used furniture and appliances in good condition are now accepted in the new store.

“We have to be pretty specific about what we’re taking,” Fines said.

The ReStore is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, call Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan at 989-354-5555.

Fines recalled seeing the old building burn down and saying, “I’ll be opening a new store in two years.”

And here we are.

Contact Darby Hinkley at [email protected], or 989-358-5691.

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