Things are progressing but not as rapidly as I would like. We are down to the details of getting the ReStore open and those are always the most time consuming. However, it is really starting to take shape. Today we installed the cabinets for the checkout area and began assembling the solid pecan counter top. It is going to be very nice. The Truman Habitat construction crew has been instrumental in making things happen. Without their help and hard work we would not be able to do this. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
We also installed the pallet racks today. That means that soon we will be stocking those shelves. Check out the pictures on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TrumanReStore. We have a lot of treasures held back for this. I think you will like what we have.
I have hit a speed bump in the process because of the heating and air conditioning equipment. I thought I had found a great deal for two units to replace the ones missing from the building. We were about to install them and found they required more electricity than we had available. Now we have to find two more units and that delays inspections which delays our opening. It will happen, just not as quickly as I would like. Thank you for sticking with us. I hope to announce the opening date very soon.
What a great week! We ended the month with record breaking sales at the Independence ReStore and got a lot accomplished in the Blue Springs Restore. Due to the help of a number of volunteers and our construction crew, the ceiling is almost completed. This team saved us almost $15,000 in labor costs over having it subcontracted! We still had a couple of delays from outside contractors but I think those will be behind us Monday. If we get the walls finished this week we can paint the floor before the weekend and let it dry. If that all happens, we may start moving in the following week.
We have experienced a tremendous amount of community support since we started working inside the new building. The people at Blue Springs City Hall have been very supportive of the project and many volunteers have helped put up the framing and drywall. Groups from Pointe of Hope Church, Rockhurst University, and First United Methodist Church have made this a very easy undertaking. It is sometimes a little overwhelming to see all the people willing to give their time and talents to support our cause. We have a regular “Wednesday Crew” that works on the houses we build. They have been an exceptional resource for us. Thank you everyone.
We currently have the walls up, and most of the electrical work completed. The plumbing should be finished in the next few days. Once the painting is complete, we will focus on the ceiling and the floor, both of which are big projects. We need to replace the suspended ceiling paniels (1,250 of them) and the floor needs to be cleaned. It is bare concrete and will probably stay that way. To grind it, stain it, and polish it would probably be the most durable process but even that is outside our budget. Bare concrete isn’t bad.
The signs have been ordered and the billboards will be up on I-70 soon. Keep an eye out for them.
We received our building permit from the City of Blue Springs yesterday! The next big hurdle has been cleared. Tomorrow we will have electricians and plumbers start the process of getting the utilities in. Saturday, group from Pointe of Hope Church and Rockhurst University will be in to frame walls and put up drywall. This will be an amazing week for us. I will be evaluating the progress over the next couple of weeks to determine the grand opening time frame. It will be party time!
We are making good progress on getting the new ReStore ready for you to come shopping, donating, and volunteering. We need to repair some electrical and HVAC equipment, put up some walls, paint and pretty up everything before we start moving in inventory. I am working with Blue Springs City Hall to get the permits in place then everything will really get rolling.
My first concern will be with having enough volunteers to help run the ReStore. They are what really keep our overhead low, maximizing the amount of money that goes to help families in our communities through Habitat. We have the best volunteers in the world, freely giving of their time to make our ReStore a place where customers want to come back again and again. I will need many more for the new Restore.
We plan to open in April if all goes close to “as planned” but we will need help getting things together before then. If you have some time and would like to help, call me at the office at 816-886-7374 of sign up on our web page on the VOLUNTEER tab.