Nestled in fancy digs, Habitat for Humanity waits for its new home.

With its longtime home just northeast of downtown Quincy being demolished to make room for a new building, the nonprofit’s store has moved to the very heart of town, the corner of Central and F Street, just in time for the holiday season.

Playing the waiting game is almost never fun and this time it’s no exception. The staff at the store, led by store manager Luella Maine are waiting to get a permit from the city and waiting for Grant County Public Utility District to disconnect the old building from the utility’s grid.

It’s all part of a move that was long overdue, Maine says, later adding that “contractors are lined up and ready to go.” And time is of the essence.

“We have a very old building,” she said, standing inside the temporary location inside the Washington Federal building. “I think it was built in the 1940s and it was donated to Habitat for Humanity, but it doesn’t meet the basic code anymore. It was time.”

For instance, staffer Bonnie Mortland said, the building did not have the wherewithal to run a heating system or an air conditioning system, which made opening the store a dicey proposition in days with extreme temperatures, she added.

“We had to close this summer because it was so hot,” Maine said. “And in the winter, we could not keep it warm.” The building, she said, was beyond repairing.

Maine was emphatic in saying that the funds used to build homes for low-income people will not be used to build the new home for Habitat For Humanity. The regional chapter of HFH has set aside funds and has begun saving for a new building in Quincy for the past few years.

In the meantime, they have a pretty nice home, for a little while. And it’s free.

“It is donated by Washington Federal. They offered it to us and they will allow us to stay here in this building until we are able to move back into the new building,” Maine said.

Their first day downtown was Nov. 8. The old building was kind of tucked away on a smaller street, so the change to a storefront right downtown is good business.

“We are finding a lot of new customers, because they are seeing our sign and saying, ‘I did not know there was a thrift store,’” Maine said, adding that the store’s loyal customers are getting wind of the new location and stopping by for a little shopping.

When the customers of Washington Federal visit the bank’s branch, it’s also an opportunity to drum up new business at the temporary thrift store, she added, noting that she is asking customers to enter through the west door to the building (the one facing Central Avenue) in order to create the least possible disruption to the bank’s daily business.

The new location opens from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The new location is not accepting donations. Instead, the old location’s annex is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m, just next to its old 223 Second Ave. SE spot, to accept people’s donations.

Asked if they have considered staying downtown, Maine said the new location is not big enough to become their full-time location.

“Our new store will probably be three or four times as big as this,” she said, adding that the new store will not have a second floor.

Lastly, Maine and Mortland said they are always looking for volunteers to help finish the inside of the new building, working with things like insulation, painting and sheetrock.

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