by: COURTESY OF RESTORE - The interior of the new Gateway area ReStore shop features reclaimed and used building materials and other items.Portland ReStore has opened a new store in the Gateway district.

The reusable building material store hosted a grand opening celebration this weekend at the new shop, 10445 S.E. Cherry Blossom Drive.

This year, the three ReStore shopes in Portland, Beaverton and Vancouver, Wash., expect to contribute $475,000 to Habitat for Humanity’s local homebuilding efforts. The three stores hope to contribute $1 million to the homebuilding group within the next five years.

“We are thrilled to open this ReStore in the heart of East Portland,” said Shel Mae, the ReStore manager. “Customers, donors, staff and volunteers will find this a pleasant, well organized place to shop and work, and we are looking forward to serving and working with this community.”

Habitat for Humanity ReStores sell donated new and reclaimed building materials, pre-owned appliances and furniture and other home improvement products at a fraction of retail prices. Last year, the three ReStore shops diverted 5.6 million pounds of material from the waste stream.

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