Habitat for Humanity has opened a new ReStore in Abbotsford in the former location of Get Air trampoline park at 34150 South Fraser Way. The official opening is slated for June. (john Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Habitat for Humanity has opened a new ReStore in Abbotsford in the former location of Get Air trampoline park at 34150 South Fraser Way. The official opening is slated for June. (john Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Habitat for Humanity opens new ReStore in Abbotsford

Former location was closed amid controversy in May 2018

Habitat for Humanity has opened a new ReStore location in Abbotsford after the previous one was closed amid controversy almost three years ago.

The new store, located at 34150 South Fraser Way (the former site of Get Air trampoline park), will be operated by Habitat’s Greater Vancouver branch. Its official opening is slated for this June.

The Greater Vancouver branch took over local operations when the Upper Fraser Valley affiliate had its membership terminated in May 2018 by Habitat Canada amid allegations that it was more than $500,000 in debt and had exhausted its lines of credit.

This resulted in the closure of the ReStore locations in Abbotsford and Chilliwack and 17 people losing their jobs.

RELATED: Habitat for Humanity Upper Fraser Valley to close its doors

RELATED: Sources question real reasons for closure of local Habitat for Humanity

The stores sell donated and used building materials, furniture and appliances to support the administration costs of Habitat, which builds homes in partnership with families in need.

The homes are sold to families with no down payment and no-interest mortgages.

The UFV branch was based in Abbotsford but also covered Mission, Chilliwack and Hope.

Dennis Coutts, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver, said the new ReStore in Abbotsford has no connections to the former UFV branch.

“We are providing a much-needed community service to which the public has been very welcoming and supportive,” he said of the reason for opening the new ReStore.

Coutts said the Greater Vancouver branch is currently building 19 homes in Mission, and would love to be building homes in Abbotsford.

He said five positions have currently been filled at the new ReStore, with an undetermined number to be hired later.



vhopes@abbynews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Housing

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Fire crews battle a large wildfire north of Highway 1 at Yale Road West on Thursday, April 15, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: Firefighters battle wildfire in Chilliwack near Hwy 1

Helicopter dropping water on large wildfire in Chilliwack at Yale Road West, north of highway

web
Fire breaks out inside Mission Walmart

Customers, staff evacuated as firefighters investigate

Japanese Canadian citizens being transferred into waiting trucks outside Hope Station House. NNMCC L2021-2-1-004. Photographs courtesy of the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre
Fight continues for historic Hope Station House

Ombudsman report and stop work order come alongside district’s move to remove heritage status

Lift equipment is driven away from a fire in an adjacent unit on Industrial Way in Chilliwack on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack firefighters deal with heavy smoke, extreme heat in challenging industrial fire

Crews successful in containing fire to 1 unit in industrial building, adjacent units suffer smoke damage

A woman wears a protective face covering to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 as she walks past the emergency entrance of Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, April 9, 2021. COVID-19 cases have been on a steady increase in the province of British Columbia over the past week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Top doctor warns B.C.’s daily cases could reach 3,000 as COVID hospitalizations surge

There are more than 400 people in hospital, with 125 of them in ICU

The father of Aaliyah Rosa planted a tree and laid a plaque in her memory in 2018. (Langley Advance Times files)
Final witness will extend Langley child murder trial into May or June

Lengthy trial began last autumn with COVID and other factors forcing it to take longer than expected

The corner of 96th Avenue and Glover Road in Fort Langley now has traffic signals, and new “touchless” signal activation buttons. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Busy Fort Langley intersection gets ‘touchless’ crosswalk signals

The new traffic light started operation in April

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

A crossing guard stops traffic as students wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 arrive at Ecole Woodward Hill Elementary School, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. A number of schools in the Fraser Health region, including Woodward Hill, have reported cases of the B.1.7.7 COVID-19 variant first detected in the U.K. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
COVID-infected students in Lower Mainland schools transmitting to 1 to 2 others: data

Eight to 13 per cent of COVID cases among students in the Lower Mainland were acquired in schools, B.C. says

Dr. Bonnie Henry – in a B.C. health order that went into effect April 12 – granted WorkSafe inspectors the power to enforce workplace closures with COVID-19 spread. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
24 workplace closures being enforced in Fraser Health under new COVID-19 order

WorkSafe inspectors the power to enforce closures if COVID-19 has spread to 3 or more employees

Maple Ridge Fire and Rescue were conducting training operations at Gold Creek Falls when a firefighter broke their leg. (Eileen Robinson photo - Special to The News)
Firefighter suffers broken leg during swift water rescue practice in Golden Ears park

A training exercise at Maple Ridge waterfall on Wedesday results in mishap

Norm Scott, president of Royal Canadian Legion Branch # 91, is disappointed the Legion does not qualify for COVID financial assistance from the provincial government. (Black Press Media file photo)
B.C.’s pandemic aid package passing Legion branches by

Federal non-profit status stymies provincial assistance eligibility

Most Read