Davie ReStore ‘like Home Depot and Rooms to Go got mashed together’

Published 9:08 am Friday, February 24, 2023

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When Dwayne Thompson was hired to help run a Habitat for Humanity ReStore more than 20 years ago, he was told he was going to be a used toilet salesman.

That wasn’t far from the truth.

Fast forward to 2023, and Thompson is heading the development of Habitat for Humanity of Davie County’s newest ReStore in the Bermuda Quay center in Bermuda Run.

Don’t expect to see used toilets. Expect to see 27,000 square feet of space of new and like-new items.

The difference?

“The new ReStore will be designed like a Home Depot and Rooms to Go got mashed together,” said Thompson, Davie Habitat ReStores director. “One side of the store will be a mixture of gently used donated products and new home furniture and decor. The other side will be the hardware sections where you will find new an dused tools, appliances and building materials.”

Davie Habitat is working with local companies to provide new windows, cabinets and unique furniture that other stores may not have for sale.

“The last unique thing that the new Habitat-Davie ReStore will be doing is that it will be a hub for the region. By working with other regional ReStores, plus our central location, will ultimately allow more families to be served,” he said. “The new ReStore will become a clearinghouse for donations from around the country, which will then allow other ReStores to come go get donations so they can serve more.”

Davie Habitat ReStore is accepting donations: working condition washers and dryers, refrigerators, stoves, microwaves and small appliance; clean and undamaged furniture; home goods such as wall art, rugs, dishes, antiques, lamps and mirrors; and tools and hardware, including yard tools. Schedule a free pickup of items by calling 336-940-2028.

Volunteers are also needed – to help build homes and to work in the ReStore. “Whatever a person’s God-given talent might be, Habitat-Davie can use that to further the mission.” Contact Jessie Elmore at jessie.elmore@daviehabitat.org.

“The community can also be an advocate for us,” Johnson said. “Help spread the word that Habitat-Davie is back, we’re building and we need you.”

The store is expected to open in May.