Habitat Closes Milwaukee Store, Moving to Franklin
Nonprofit opening a much larger operation in former Gander Mountain store.
ReStore, as the nonprofit’s three home improvement and donation centers are known, offers used furniture, building materials, appliances and home accessories for substantially discounted rates.
The Walker’s Point location, 420 S. 1st St., opened in 2013. But it closed last week as the lease is set to expire.
“Walker’s Point was our first choice when we set out to find a new space with our lease expiring at 420 S 1st. Unfortunately, none of the properties we toured in the area were a good fit for our unique business which needs space for retail and a donation center. Even more difficult for us is finding something that fits our non profit budget,” said the organization in a social media post.
It will reopen in 2021 in a former Gander Mountain store in Franklin. The new location is over three times larger in size. The organization purchased the property for $1.1 million.
“We’re so grateful for the support of the Milwaukee community, who’ve made this opportunity to grow possible,” said ReStore director Dominic Jaehnke in a statement. “Thanks to our loyal donors, shoppers, and volunteers we’ll be able to build more safe, affordable housing in our city, while keeping millions of pounds of usable materials out of landfills.”
Two other Restore locations are available in the Milwaukee area — Greenfield and Wauwatosa.
ReStore offers a free pickup service for large donations and also provides deconstruction services to salvage usable items from redevelopment and demolition projects.
The two-story, 1st-Street building, perhaps best known for its rear tenant ComedySportz, now has a vacant storefront along the heavily-traveled street. It was built in 1948 according to city assessment records. The 2.18-acre property is owned by Gabaldon Properties.
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