Photo Essay of the Asheville ReStore
In August 1990, Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity (then named WNC Habitat for Humanity) opened a furniture resale shop – the Habitat Home Store. It was located at 9 Biltmore Avenue, downtown.
In 2003, after a capital campaign to renovate an old carpet warehouse in Biltmore Village donated by the Pearlmans, the Home Store relocated to Meadow Road, where it still remains today.
The next capital campaign (Building a Way Home) enabled Asheville Habitat to purchase the adjacent Southern Railway building for office and storage space & renovate and expand the Home Store– adding 13,000 square feet of retail space and 135 parking spaces. The store’s grand re-opening on September 10, 2011 is when the name officially changed from Home Store to ReStore.
On August 24, 2019, Asheville Habitat opened it’s second ReStore in Weaverville. Located on a busy retail thoroughfare, it has been bustling since day one. Though smaller, the product selection is very similar to the flagship store in Asheville: furniture, housewares, art, building supplies, appliances, and more.
Interested in reading more about the 30 year evolution of the Asheville Habitat ReStore? Click here.