The largest location is at Austin's ReStore headquarters at Ben White Boulevard and South First Street. (Courtesy Austin Habitat for Humanity)
Austin Habitat for Humanity is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its donation and retail center, ReStore, during May. The shop provides ongoing funds for the nonprofit's affordable housing program.
Austin Habitat for Humanity launched the nation's first ReStore on Comal Street in 1992, according to a release. In 2015, Austin Habitat for Humanity consolidated its corporate headquarters and retail operations to the larger space at the intersection of Ben White Boulevard and South First Street, where it remains today.
“Austin residents and businesses embraced the concept of ReStore from the beginning, allowing our nonprofit home improvement store and donation center to become a nationwide model for other Habitat for Humanity affiliates,” wrote Jamie Hatton, ReStore marketing and communications manager, in the release. “Now, more than 900 ReStores operate throughout the country. We’re also very excited and proud to operate the highest-selling ReStore (Ben White ReStore) and to have added two more locations—San Marcos and Northwest Austin—and a thriving e-commerce business to a long list of achievements during our 30-year history. We’re so grateful for the support from our many shoppers and donors. Together, we’ve kept over 40 million pounds of reusable material out of local landfills and helped build and repair over 500 homes.”
As part of the anniversary events, the public is invited to shop, donate and celebrate May 20 at the Ben White ReStore. According to the release, attendees will enjoy 10% off all purchases, free ReStore swag, and treats from Hey Cupcake and Cuvee Coffee. The main anniversary program begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Ben White ReStore, but the sale, swag and other sweet treats will also be offered at the Lake Creek and San Marcos ReStores, according to the release.
Jennifer joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2022. She spent the past 16 years working in newspapers as a reporter, copy editor and page designer. She is from Florida but has spent the past six years in the Austin area. She lives in Northwest Austin with her family and two dachshunds.
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