'It's heartbreaking': Habitat for Humanity ReStore a victim of the storm before opening date

Published: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 04:13 PM.

"It's the largest contributor to our budget," Imdieke said. "Every day we're not open is a loss of sales. So this is a huge, devastating loss to us."

When Habitat got the lease for the space in January, they began renovating and spent $20,000 to get the building retail ready.

"We've had to rip out some of the walls that will have to be re-wired, which could take two weeks," Imdieke said. "We just paid for the carpet."

While the building already has a crew on task to renovate the renovations, Imdieke said the store is in dire need of merchandise.

"Donations would be a big help," she said. "We take lightly-used construction materials, furniture, housing goods, sinks, windows. Only thing we don't sell is clothes."

Just as Habitat for Humanity helps qualified families rebuild their lives with affordable housing, Imdieke is optimistic that the Walton County ReStore will come back strong.

"It's heartbreaking," she said. "But I know we will survive."

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