Habitat opens building materials store in Bergen Park

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

If you’re looking for a way to save money on building materials and help a nonprofit in the process, then Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity’s new ReStore is the place for you.

The store, which is having its grand opening on Jan. 22, will be located in the back of the Evergreen Mercantile in Bergen Park. The building used to be BMC West and is across from King Soopers.

The 4,600-square-foot store will have appliances, cabinets, hardware, tile and other building materials. Some will be new and some used.

Items are sold at a fraction of the retail price, according to Pam Wippel, coordinator of the ReStore. Proceeds — after they pay for store operations — help fund Habitat’s projects.

Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity is the local chapter of the nonprofit that builds and sells homes to low-income families. Even though the chapter is based in Evergreen, it builds homes in western Jefferson, Clear Creek, Park, Gilpin and Summit counties.

Habitat for Humanity operates ReStores across the United States, with 17 stores in Colorado.

Wippel said Blue Spruce Habitat is dreaming big, hoping to generate about 40 percent of its annual budget of $60,000 to $90,000 in revenue for the nonprofit in the first year.

“Everything we have (in the store) is donated from the public,” Wippel said. People can donate things when they remodel their homes, and they can buy different items at the ReStore.

The store operates with a lot of volunteer help, Wippel said. “We’re fortunate enough to have a store manager, John McGarry, who will volunteer his time at the store for a year.”

Wippel says there are several ways to support the store and Blue Spruce Habitat. People can shop at the store, volunteer to work at the store or donate items for the store to sell.

To donate items, contact the store first. Items can be dropped off, or pickup service is available, Wippel said. There’s also delivery service available for a small fee.

The store will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Contact the store at 303-674-4917.

“We’re hoping this will be very good for the community,” Wippel said.