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Habitat for Humanity to open area's largest Restore Location

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Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando Area ReStore will officially open the doors to its third Central Florida retail facility – the largest in Central Florida – on Saturday, Jan. 18.

Located at 1649 Florida Mall Blvd. in South Orlando, the store will offer gently used household goods and building materials, including home décor, appliances, furniture and hardware. Proceeds from store sales fund Habitat’s mission of providing affordable housing for low-income families.

“In addition to assisting our overall mission at Habitat, the items that we divert from landfills make a tremendous impact on the environment,” said Tom May, director of retail operations for all three Habitat of Greater Orlando ReStores.

“In 2012, more than 1.5 million pounds – or 750 tons – of usable household items were kept out of Central Florida landfills because of donated goods.

Susie Martin of Orlando said she has shopped at the Habitat ReStrores on many occasions. “The one in College Park on Orange Blossom Trail is a favorite but have also made purchases at one up by Longwood just off 17-92 and on E. Colonial,” she said.

“I've found some great deals.” Martin also said that there are many items that cannot be found at other resale shops, including repair materials and she likes the fact that the proceeds are used to build homes for those in our community who need them.

In recognition of the completion of Habitat of Greater Orlando’s first multi-family community, the interior will resemble the townhomes from Stag Horn Villas. In addition to mirroring the bright colors of the neighborhood, the offices and meeting rooms feature a facade that is “under construction,” complete with volunteers (mannequins) still working on the roofs.

Winter Park-based HGR Construction is donating its time to build the 24,000 square-foot facility.

The store is still accepting individual and corporate donations, which can be made directly to the ReStore.

Donations can also be scheduled for pick-up at no charge. For more information, visit http://www.orlandorestore.org/ or call the donor hotline at (407) 426-7859.

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