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New location for Habitat for Humanity’s Re-Store increases local business

By Jefferson Tyler, Multimedia Journalist

FAIFIELD, IA (KYOU) – Fairfield’s new Habitat for Humanity is now open and people are flocking from all over the area to take a look at the upgraded location. KYOU went their early to give you a peak at some improvements that could be making their way into your home, sometime soon.

On Business Highway 34, on the edge of Fairfield. A local non-profit is grabbing people’s attention.
Roger McDowell loves working on his home. And now he has a new place to go.

“A lot of good stuff here,” said McDowell about the Fairfield Habitat for Humanity Re-Store
McDowell is one of dozens of new customers to visit Habitat for Humanity’s new location.

“We were situated in a hidden spot situated near the middle of town,” said Monty Congdon Fairfield Habitat for Humanity Re-Store Manager.

Location along the main highway heading into Fairfield, is already paying off. “We get a lot more visibility. And we get a space we can design and set up for our retail needs,” said Congdon.

The new building cost $200,000. They’ve added on an extension for space, and remodeled the building. Still they think it’s worth the price.

“Instead of having to pay a monthly rent at the old location. Now we get to apply that to a mortgage loan. And we get to own the property,” said Congdon.

Donations are up, as are the quality of the good they’re now getting.
“This is what you first see when you walk in. This is our showcase furniture. Room, this is where we put the couches, the chest drawers. And even a pool table. This is one of the unexpected things that showed up just a week ago,” said Congdon

They still have the toilets, sinks, and wood. But also now have designer lighting and other goods.
“You can’t beat the prices,” said McDowell.

And the money goes to a good cause. “Profit goes back to Habitat for Humanity. For their mission to build affordable housing for local families,” said Congdon.

All good sold at Fairfield’s Re-Store are donated by local residents.

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