Habitat ReStore officially opens

A lighted sign for the Habitat for Humanity ReStore pierces through the night on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. The shop on Vincent Massey Drive will have an official opening Monday. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)

CORNWALL – With an expanded footprint, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore officially opens today (Monday) on World Habitat Day.

There will be a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. at the building supplies recycler at 1400 Vincent Massey Drive, with dignitaries making speeches a half hour before.

The resource coordinator for Habitat for Humanity told United Counties council in December 2016 they were “bursting at the seams” for space and this new location with 16,000 square feet should be able to accommodate.

It’s also expected to increase visibility and traffic.

The previous store was in Bonville.

Proceeds from the sales at the store go towards Habitat for Humanity’s home building program for low-income families.

A home is going up for the Beatty-Pinard family of Winchester this year and a family in Stormont County, still to be chosen, will be the partner family in 2018.

The organization has also changed its name to Habitat for Humanity Cornwall and the Counties – dropping the Seaway Valley moniker.

Some of the selections in the Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Vincent Massey Drive in Cornwall, Ont. Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017. The store is officially opening Monday. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston)