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Chatham Habitat Home Stores: Getting their acts together

By Ruth Leopold
Posted Thursday, June 16, 2005

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Pittsboro, NC -- For the past two years, patrons of Chatham Habitat for Humanity's Home Stores have had to do a bit of traveling. The "Original" Home Store has been doing business at 467 West Street in Pittsboro, where its aisles have been crammed with household goods, furniture, and appliances. Meanwhile, " Home Store Too", which opened in 2003, has been selling building supplies, light fixtures, hardware, and plumbing fixtures at its rented quarters on Salisbury Street. There was some confusion among customers about which store was selling what, and where to look for the Habitat stores' wide variety of merchandise.

Now customers of both stores will enjoy easy, "one stop" shopping as both stores move into new, larger, customized quarters. The "Original" Home Store will move to a new building behind its current one on West Street, with nearly double the retail space. "Home Store Too" will then move into the "Original's" rooms, which will net about a 50% gain in space from its rental quarters.

Customers will be able to park in one space and find bargains for all their building and household needs. Since all the profits from both store go toward funding Habitat houses, "one stop" shopping should help Habitat realize its goal of building capacity to construct 10 houses annually.

Bob Gabor, a member of the Chatham Habitat Board who is heavily involved in the construction of the new space, urged all who have been involved with Chatham Habitat for Humanity to attend the grand opening celebration of both stores at 10:30 a.m. on July 5th.

"We want to celebrate our volunteers," he said, "the folks who build the houses, the fundraisers, the people who price the items at the Home Stores and who come back week after week to man the cash register."

"Above all, we want this to be customer appreciation day," he said. "They are the ones who keep us going, who support the cause of decent affordable housing for those in need, who shop with us week after week, and make both stores viable."

The July 5th grand opening will feature music, food, and great bargain hunting as Chatham Habitat begins its next phase. Anyone with questions about the opening, or who wishes to donate goods to the Home Stores should call the Habitat Home Stores at 542-0788.

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