Community gathers for Habitat ReStore grand opening
News Photo by Darby Hinkley
Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan board members, staff, community officials, members of the public, and various media outlets gathered on Thursday for the Habitat ReStore grand opening at 2630 U.S.-23 South in Alpena. The Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting at the grand opening.
“A lot of time and effort has been put into this,” Habitat for Humanity Northeast Michigan Executive Director Ted Fines said after the event. “To see so many people show up meant a lot to us.”
Nearly 50 people attended the grand opening.
The ReStore opened last week in its new location, two years after an electrical fire totaled the Chisholm Street building. It operated in a temporary location on Werth Road in the meantime, until this new permanent location was selected and remodeled to accommodate the store, the main Habitat offices, and a staging/building area for constructing Habitat projects.
Pictured is Fines in the middle cutting the ribbon, with Alpena Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Adam Poll holding a plaque, surrounded by Habitat staff, board members, and chamber members.