The Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County Store will host a grand opening event on Saturday, December 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The 8,800 square-foot retail outlet, just off Pacific Highway in Ferndale, raises money to support the mission of Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County by selling donated new and gently used furniture, appliances, housewares and building supplies.
The grand opening will feature a live broadcast from KAFE 104.3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests can enjoy raffle drawings; lunch, including sausages from Hempler Foods, and live entertainment.
The store has been operating since the fall of 2009 as the Habitat HomeStore Outlet but is changing its name to be consistent with the 20 other local Habitat affiliates around Washington state that have similarly-named outlets.
“We really have our feet under us now,” Meyer said. “So we want to let the community know that we’re here, that we have a lot of great products at great prices, and that every dollar stays here in the community and goes to a great cause.”
Net profits from the store support overhead costs. Executive director John Moon hopes the store will eventually support all the organization’s overhead, allowing 100 percent of all cash donations to go directly toward building homes.
“The need for decent, affordable housing in Whatcom County is growing, so our organization needs to grow as well to help meet that need,” Moon said. “With our store creating a new way for people to support Habitat, we hope to be able to help many more families.”
Store Hours: Monday-Thursday and Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Habitat HomeStore Outlet is located at 1385 Admiral Place, Ferndale and can be reached by calling 393-4352.