Habitat for Humanity ReStore moving to larger location, seeks volunteers

Posted at 8:35 PM, Aug 13, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-14 00:22:36-04

ST. GEORGE, Utah - Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah typically recruits volunteers to help build homes for people in the community, now the group is focusing their remodeling efforts on their thrift store.

The Re-Store sells donated home items to benefit the non-profit. It opened in St. George more than five years ago, but managers said they’re bursting out of their 15,000 square feet. Recently the organization started work on a new location, which will more than double the space.

The building is located in the K-Mart plaza on Bluff Street. After being vacant for close to a year, the 40,000 square foot former Albertson’s building will be the Re-Store's new home.

“We need volunteers to help us move the store,” Re-Store manager Tat Chen said. “But also prepare the store and do a lot of the build out.”

Chen and a crew of volunteer workers have spent the past several weeks tearing down walls and pulling up floors. Chen said they’re planning a complete overhaul.

A lot of the clean up,” Chen said. “A lot of the prep work for the actual move.”

The new building will also house administrative offices and storage. Chen said the expanded space will help them reach more people through their mission of giving perspective homeowners a leg up on affordable housing.

Chen said they hope to have the new building prepped for the move by next week, and open in about a month. People interested in helping with the remodel or the move are asked to contact the Re-Store by email at