HAMILTON, NJ -- Too long an eyesore for the neighborhood, Independence Plaza got a new lease on life Friday with the opening Habitat for Humanity's ReStore. 

Dozens of local residents waited for the doors to open at the official ribbon cutting of the home building organization's retail operation. Several of the organization's leaders as well as Hamilton Mayor Jeff Martin and Councilman Anthony Carabelli, Jr. also celebrated the opening.

“Hamilton has been a wonderful partner in bringing more affordable homes to the community and stepping up to address the need for repairs for low-income homeowners,” said Lori Leonard, CEO of the Habitat branch.  “With the ReStore, we can further our partnership with the town by providing jobs, volunteer opportunities, and wonderful home goods for locals to purchase!”

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The Hamilton location is the second ReStore, where they sell discounted housewares and building materials, for Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County and Greater Trenton-Princeton. With the inventory always changing, shoppers can find donated items, new and used, that are refurbished and resold at reasonable prices.  Each purchase supports Habitat for Humanity’s local affordable housing initiatives.

The ReStore’s first sale at the store was a stylish glass table lamp and shade at a reasonable price. Another shopper scooped up a trio of side tables and a large area rug for their home. While others checked out the sectional sofas, metal storage cabinets, tables and accent items.

The Hamilton ReStore located in Independence Plaza at 2465 South Broad Street in Hamilton will be open on Wednesday through Friday 10:00 am until 6:00 pm; Saturday between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm; and Sunday 10:00 am until 6:00 pm.

Currently, Habitat for Humanity has two new affordable homes under construction in the neighborhood near the ReStore as well as numerous repair projects for low to moderate-income homeowners.  

Individuals and businesses also can donate items to the ReStore or read more information about at www.habitatbcgtp.org/restore or by calling (856) 439 – 6717.

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