Barron County Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore is moving to a new location and 38 volunteers helped with setting up the new store on Saturday, Jan. 28.
The tentative opening for the new location in Rice Lake is in March.
The old location, on CTH SS in Cameron, closed late last year after eight years, as Habitat began leasing the old County Market building in Rice Lake, at 2500 S. Main St.
ReStore manager Barb Siverling said the old location and new location both total around 10,000 square feet, but the new store is all under one roof. Plus, there is more vertical space for pallet shelves, she noted.
On the morning of Jan. 28, volunteers of all ages—including local high schoolers from the National Honor Society chapter and Young Ambassadors—were organizing the merchandise that had been crammed in there during the initial move.
Lisa Clemmens, of Chetek, was one of the volunteers. She said she had stumbled into volunteering that day. She had gone to the store to shop but found the Cameron store already closed and then learned that volunteers were needed to help move.
“We’ve made such great progress today,” Clemmens noted.
Chloe Steiner, a Rice Lake High School NHS student from Chetek, said she had just learned about Habitat and enjoyed the experience volunteering locally.
“I’d rather volunteer in Barron County and it’s nice to work with people older than me,” she said.
Those volunteering enjoyed pizza for lunch, courtesy of Habitat.
Jon Schack, executive director for Barron County Habitat, said the tentative opening for the new store would be in March.
Siverling noted the store would have longer hours, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday–Friday, and tentative Saturday hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.