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Habitat for Humanity ReStore opens new location in Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash. – Yakima Valley Partners opened its new ReStore location Wednesday, a 22,000 square feet facility selling donated items to benefit Habitat for Humanity projects in the community.

The group is the local affiliate of the international nonprofit that serves the Yakima Valley. Steve Luten is the executive director of Yakima Valley Partners. He says the new location will help their organization make a greater impact and hold more of permanent presence in Central Washington.

"It's allows us as times go up and down to be consistent in what we're doing," said Luten. "That's just incredible and in that consistency is a broad reach long into the future."

The concept of a ReStore is collecting recyclable items and selling them to benefit the nonprofit.  The thrift store will carry items from building materials, home accessories, and appliances.

Since 1984, the group has built 133 homes in the Yakima Valley and helped 850 people in the community. When the group started, the cost to build a home was around $25,000. Today that expense is near $110,000.

The ReStore site is valued at $1.8 million and largely possible because of donations and discounts from local businesses.

Items are sold Wednesday through Saturday at 21 W. Mead Ave.