Habitat for Humanity thrift store moving into part of former REI location

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) — Habitat for Humanity has announced that it's moving its thrift shop, ReStore, into a portion of REI's former location in the Northern Lights Center mall.

"We are thrilled to announce the move!" said Elaine Phillipps, the non-profit's executive director in a written statement.

The non-profit thrift store plans to occupy 15,000-square-feet of space at the west end of the store where REI's camping gear used to be located.

"What we were really looking for was a change from a warehouse to a retail place," Phillipps said.

She says the thrift store has outgrown its 3,500-square-feet location on Cordova Street near International Airport Rd in midtown.

ReStore accepts donations of new and gently used furniture, appliances, home decor, and building supplies from the public.

The donated materials are used to build and preserve Habitat homes. Additional items are sold to the public, according to its website.

"We'll be able to intake product and then we have a separate small location to be able to begin doing what we've always wanted to do, which is offer some products via online, and also throughout the state to some of our small villages and cities," she said.

They also plan to offer community classes.

It's unknown what business may move into the other part of the former REI location.

ReStore will have a soft opening in June and a grand opening on July 25.