At 9 AM on Friday, July 8th, Tacoma/Pierce County Habitat for Humanity opened the doors of its new Store in downtown Puyallup. Throughout the weekend hundreds of people visited the new Store, creating a buzz in the community about the newest addition to Puyallup.
With its location in central downtown Puyallup, the new Store has high hopes for connecting with the new community and increasing its partnerships within the Pierce County area. With the growth of our Habitat affiliate, new opportunities arise to spread awareness of our mission and partner with families in need to build and own decent, affordable homes.
Throughout the weekend, the Puyallup Habitat Store saw a steady flow of customers and sales were better than expected. It is estimated that the new Store will bring in over $400,000 in sales in its first year.
“I was amazed by the great turn out and positive response from the community” said Director of Retail Operations, Ed Dopp. Dopp also noted that he has been pleasantly surprised by the amount of donations that have been coming to the new Store. Currently the Puyallup Store is getting as many daily donations as the Tacoma Store.
The Grand Opening weekend also featured a raffle that offered a grand prize, a 32’ Samsung TV, and smaller prizes including gift certificates to Daffodil Bowl, The Pickled Pepper, Bob’s Burgers and Brew, and Arts and Corks Studio.
Refreshments throughout the weekend were fueled by generous local businesses: Wanna Cupcake?, EpicDonuts, British Bites, The Savory and Sweet Cafe, and Starbucks.
Like our other Habitat Stores, the Puyallup Store sells gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials, and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price, making home improvements accessible to more people. All of the proceeds from the Store will go toward funding our mission of building strength, stability, and self-reliance, through shelter in Pierce County and in communities around the world.