Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity plans to open a new ReStore store in Wauwatosa.
Habitat is considering a commercial building at 3201 N. Mayfair, which is occupied by At Home and American Freight, to open its resale store, according to plans submitted to the city. The nonprofit would lease 38,000 square feet of land immediately south of the At Home building from owner Fundamentals Co. Partnership, and build an addition of approximately 27,000 square feet for the ReStore, according to plans.
The new store would include 23,000 square feet of retail space and approximately 4,000 square feet of rear space for donation depots, storage and employee services. The space also includes a 1,500 square foot mezzanine that would be used for employee offices and a break room.
The site around the addition would be rebuilt to include 70 parking spaces and a drive-thru donation depot.
Milwaukee Habitat is seeking development approval for addition to existing building and conditional use approval for drive-thru.
Habitat wants to start construction in the fall with an opening slated for the second quarter of 2022, according to plans.
A spokesperson said Habitat executives are still exploring an option at the site, but plans remain in the research phase. The plan has yet to be approved by the organization’s board of directors.
Milwaukee Habitat recently opened a new 31,000 square foot ReStore in Franklin, that he moved from his old space in the Walker’s Point neighborhood in Milwaukee.
It currently operates a ReStore in Wauwatosa at 3015 N. 114th St. Plans do not indicate whether the proposed new location would replace this store or be an additional location. Habitat’s other dining location in the Milwaukee area is at 4150 S. 108th St. in Greenfield.
Habitat ReStores are independent stores operated by local Habitat organizations that accept donations and sell home improvement items including furniture, appliances, housewares and building materials for less than retail. The profits are used to finance the construction work of Habitat houses.
Last year Milwaukee Habitat ReStores raised over $ 600,000 for home construction.
Stores typically employ eight to ten employees and four to eight volunteers dedicated to store operations, six employees for operations support and six employees dedicated to logistics operations.