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Officials plan to be out of the Merita Street location of the Greater Mount Airy Habitat for Humanity ReStore by November 1. The business, which helps fund the local chapter of Habitat, will move to South Street near its intersection with Pine Street.
Officials plan to be out of the Merita Street location of the Greater Mount Airy Habitat for Humanity ReStore by November 1. The business, which helps fund the local chapter of Habitat, will move to South Street near its intersection with Pine Street.
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The Greater Mount Airy Habitat for Humanity ReStore is moving, officials announced this week.


According to Neal Cothren, executive director for Habitat for Humanity, the decision to move was based on the desire to reduce costs while offering customers a more pleasant shopping experience.


“We made that decision as a business decision based on the desire for us to be able to utilize more of our funding to build homes,” he said. “We wanted to reduce cost and overhead, so we took the opportunity to look around the area and were able to find something that we think will allow us to reduce our expenses.”


Cothren said the Habitat ReStore has been in its present location on Merita Street for about four years, and they will be out before the end of the year.


“Our drop-dead date to be completely out of the Merita Street location is November 1,” he said.


The store will move to a location that formerly housed Video World, a video rental business located on South Street near the corner of Granite Street, according to the executive director.


He said he hopes the move will make shopping at the store more customer-friendly.


“For us, we think this move will allow us a new opportunity to provide quality merchandise to our customers,” he said. “For the customer, we think that after we upgrade the new location we will have a new, upfitted property that will provide a more pleasurable shopping experience.”


Cothren said the need for homes in the area is great, and all funds generated at the ReStore are used to build homes for needy families.


“We would love for the public to come out and look at our new location,” he said. “We are currently collecting merchandise for our grand opening, and we’re looking for the best merchandise we can find over the next two months.


“We want to have quality merchandise for our customers, and we hope to be able to offer them a great deal,” Cothren added. “We certainly hope they come out to our new location and see us.”


Keith Strange can be reached at 336-415-4698 or via Twitter @strangereporter.


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