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Scott County Habitat for Humanity's ReStore to close

Posted at 5:44 AM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 05:44:57-05

SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Scott County Habitat for Humanity's vision for 2020 is to build even more homes for families. To help them focus on that, the ReStore in Georgetown will be closing its doors.

"It's sad and it's exciting,” said Amy Preston, the Executive Director of Scott County Habitat for Humanity.

Preston says store sales just aren't keeping up with the costs. Scott County Habitat owns the building and a tenant is interested in leasing the space. After weighing the pros and cons, Preston says the decision to close will allow them to help more families.

"The income that we will receive, the rental income, is just going to help our home ownership and home building program so much,” said Preston.

By shifting focus away from maintaining the store, the organization hopes to build at least one more home per year. This will be the first year they'll be building homes in Bourbon County since taking over for them last year.

"There are so many families that do not have affordable housing and there are a lot of families that cannot find any housing, so we are just excited to be able to put more money and more effort into our home building and home ownership program to try to serve more families and get them to stability,” said Preston.

Preston says they don't have an exact closing date yet, but they are starting to put items on sale. Since the ReStore is closing, Scott County Habitat will stop doing pickups themselves, but they will provide contact information for Habitats in neighboring counties that will accept donations.

Preston also says while the ReStore is closing for now, there is a chance it could reopen sometime in the future.