Those on a budget looking for home appliances, cabinets, doors, windows, lumber, flooring and furniture will be able to purchase everything -- and kitchen sinks, too -- at a new store in Arlington Heights.
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley plans to open a new ReStore location at 955 E. Rand Road, where the public will be able to buy new and gently used home improvement and building materials at reduced prices.
Anyone also will be able to drop off items there during daytime business hours, which are expected to be Wednesday through Sunday. Retailers, manufacturers, distributors and contractors already regularly donate items at the Habitat chapter's ReStore shop in Elgin, with proceeds helping fund the organization's home building and repair projects.
"We're the Goodwill meets Home Depot kind of thing," said Deanna Davies, the Elgin-based chapter's ReStore director.
The village board this week approved variations that pave the way for Habitat to open inside a 36,770-square-foot former furniture store on Rand Road. It's a stretch of road that already includes Goodwill and Salvation Army stores and donation centers.
There's seven ReStore locations in Chicago and the suburbs, each run independently by Habitat affiliates. The Elgin store, a 40,000-square-foot location that opened in 2006, did $1.5 million in sales last year, and is number one in sales and profit in Illinois, Davies said.
Items donated there helped divert 960 tons from landfills, she added.