Characterized as a cross between a Home Depot and Goodwill, a new Habitat for Humanity ReStore opened Wednesday in Arlington Heights, where the public can donate and purchase new and gently used home improvement and building materials.
It’s the 10th such store in the Chicago area and second operated by the Habitat for Humanity of Northern Fox Valley chapter, which opened a location in Elgin in 2006. Funds generated have helped that chapter construct 80 houses, pay for home repairs for seniors, and divert more than 11,000 tons of materials from landfills, officials said.
They eyed Arlington Heights for their second store because two donation trucks have been regularly making trips from Elgin to the Northwest suburbs. There, the trucks have picked up a whole host of materials, like furniture, roofing, kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities, oftentimes from those who are doing home remodeling projects.
“We really wanted to open