The continuing coronavirus pandemic has claimed another business, as a Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Woodbridge has closed.
The popular outlet for home and office furniture, kitchen and bathroom fixings, and a host of other do-it-yourself materials at 14055 Noblewood Plaza, next to BJs Wholesale Club, is operated by Habitat for Humanity Prince William County.
At the onset of the pandemic, Habitat closed the Woodbridge store, and its second location, a ReStore at 10159 Hastings Drive in Manassas. It reopened the Manassas store in May. The decision to shutter the Woodbridge location was made in late December.
Habitat for Humanity Prince William County Director Sam Dreetzler responded to PLN’s questions about closing the store.
“Our initial decision to reopen only one location was guided by concerns for the safety of Habitat’s personnel, the financial costs of reopening a second store, and uncertainty regarding the pandemic’s future impacts. Then, and now, we continue to be concerned about the effects a mandated closure or one due to an outbreak or exposure amongst our team could have on the organization.”
The majority of the merchandise in the Woodbridge store was moved to Manassas. The items that cost more to move than to sell were trashed.
The current Manassas ReStore and the location and Woodbridge stores opened in 2015 and 2018, respectively. The Manassas location has served as a hub for the organization since it opened and is in no danger of closing, said Dreetzler.
Before it opened, Habitat operated a ReStore on Center Street in Manassas.
“The Manassas ReStore had a 13-year head start developing a customer and donor base and was the stronger of our two locations. As such, when we decided to reopen a single location in May, we chose the Manassas ReStore.”
The Manassas ReStore is open Fridays and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations may be dropped off during store hours.