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Owner of hardware store that closed donates product to Habitat ReStore

Hicks Lumber was a small local hardware store that opened its doors in 1946, but was finding it hard to compete with the big box stores so they had to make the tough decision to close its doors, and when the time came our Habitat for Humanity ReStore was there to help.


In late winter the hardware store began selling off its merchandise to prepare to close the store but then the global pandemic hit and businesses were shut down.

“I didn’t want the remaining merchandise to go to waste when someone can use it, so I contacted the ReStore,” explained Harry Powel, owner of Hicks Lumber.

Harry called our Fonthill ReStore Manger and asked if the ReStore could pick-up the items to sell at the ReStore, and our team went to work loading up our trucks with products.

“They were all new items, cabinet hardware, pre-hung doors, door knobs, electrical items, loads of really amazing home improvement items,” said Jodi Krah, Fonthill ReStore Manager. “There was so much that we had to split the items amongst all three of our stores, it was a really generous donation, and we can’t thank him enough for thinking of us.”

Our Habitat ReStores provide a solution for businesses that are closing, that have overstock items, end-of-season product, dead inventory mis-measures, mis-tints and more. We’ll pick up the items for free and sell them at our Habitat ReStores, raising much-needed funds to help us build affordable homes for local families in need of safe and decent housing.

Find out how easy it is for your business to donate items to our ReStores.