Habitat for Humanity finds a new home for its resale store

Habitat for Humanity's resale store is moving to a new home of its own.

The old Ryan's Restaurant, which has remained vacant for several years, was purchased by the organization this week.

After renovations are completed, the new store will open early next year, Executive Director Lori Benson said.

The 3-year-old, volunteer-run store, now located in front of Striker's Bowling Alley, has outgrown its current home, Benson said. The new location, 835 Anderson Road, will have more than triple the space to sell building supplies, furniture and household items.

"We're going from 3,000 to 10,000 square feet of space. Because it's a former restaurant, the kitchen will take a lot of work to make it functional for us," Benson said.

The dining area, which still has tables, will be the showroom, and Benson said the kitchen will be a stock room.

"It needs a lot of TLC," she said. "We're excited by the potential."

The store is stocked by donations from individuals and companies who are remodeling or are tired of their stuff, Benson said.

Because the organization is a nonprofit, Benson said the seller "worked with us on the price," but declined to say how much the restaurant closed for.

Proceeds from the store go to help qualified families in York County become homeowners. Habitat for Humanity has built more than 30 homes in the county and will have completed four more by the end of this year.

"We're able to move because of the support of the community," Benson said. "It's just amazing."

The store is now at 110 Anderson Road and is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Hours may be expanded when the new location opens.

Benson said she encourages anyone who wants to help -- either with renovation or when the store opens -- to call 324-1960.