Habi­tat Re­Store will open in Fred’s space at Lake Wylie Plaza

The Herald (Rock Hill) - - Front Page - BY JOHN MARKS [email protected]­mill­times.com

Tim Veeck’s or­ga­ni­za­tion is all about build­ing and ren­o­vat­ing space to im­prove lives in York County. Now they’re look­ing to do it for a shop­ping cen­ter.

Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity of York County signed off in the new year to take over the for­mer Fred’s lo­ca­tion in Lake Wylie Plaza to open its sec­ond Re­Store.

“We hope and are plan­ning to open maybe midApril, if ev­ery­thing goes ac­cord­ing to plan,” said Veeck, Habi­tat’s ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor.

The store will be sim­i­lar to but big­ger than the Rock Hill Re­Store on An­der­son Road.

“The Lake Wylie lo­ca­tion is 22,000 square feet to­tal,” Veeck said. “It has about 18,000 square feet of sales floor space. The Rock Hill store has about 12,000 square feet of floor space.”

The Re­Store con­tin­ues a new wave of busi­ness at Lake Wylie Plaza. The long-time Sport­scen­ter Ath­letic Club be­came The Of­fice Gym and Fit­ness Cen­ter in 2017 and is now un­der new man­age­ment in the new year. The for­mer Q2U space is now State­line BBQ & Tap­house. Other more re­cent open- ings in­clude Cre­ator’s Palette Art Stu­dio and Keller Wil­liams in the for­mer The Clean­ers and D. Wysor Fine Jew­elry lo­ca­tions.

Habi­tat gives the cen­ter some­thing it hasn’t had since early 2017 when Fred’s left, an an­chor.

Veeck said the site made sense in that it’s rec­og­niz­able in the com­mu­nity, con­nects Habi­tat to more of west­ern York County and sits in a hot­bed of vol­un­teerism.

“We’re al­ways try­ing to serve as much of York County as pos­si­ble,” Veeck said.

The smaller store on An­der­son Road in Rock Hill runs on 25 to 45 vol- un­teers a week, along with some paid staff.

“We’ll need just as many or more in Lake Wylie,” Veeck said.

The new store will be open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mon­day through Satur­day. Re­Stores don’t ac­cept clothes, but ac­cept ev­ery­thing from ap­pli­ances and fur­ni­ture to home decor, build­ing ma­te­ri­als and even ve­hi­cles. Store pro­ceeds go to­ward Habi­tat work in the area and around the world.

“The Re­Store pro­vides a sig­nif­i­cant amount of sus­tain­able fund­ing for our or­ga­ni­za­tion, which is why we’re open­ing an­other store,” Veeck said. “We’ve been think­ing and plan­ning on this for a cou­ple of years, and we feel like we found the right lo­ca­tion.”

Habi­tat plans 45 projects in York County this year. There will be five new homes built in Rock Hill, one in York and 40 home re­pair sites.

TRACY KIM­BALL tkim­[email protected]­al­don­line.com

Ar­leen Dixon looks at fur­ni­ture Fri­day at the Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity Re­Store on An­der­son Road in Rock Hill. The or­ga­ni­za­tion will open a new lo­ca­tion in Lake Wylie in the spring.

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