GREENFIELD - The common council was expected Tuesday to approve a Habitat for Humanity ReStore outlet to open where Bartz the Party Store currently operates at 4150 S. 108th St.
Habitat officials hope the ReStore that sells building supplies and is a donation center, can open by Nov. 1. Bartz officials could not be contacted about the future of the Greenfield Bartz store that has operated in its current location since 1986. Bartz owns the building that Habitat for Humanity proposes to buy.
If approved, the Greenfield ReStore would be the third in Milwaukee County, said Larry Starkey, Milwaukee County ReStore director. At 1,300 square feet, the Greenfield store would be larger than the 1,200-square-foot ReStore in Milwaukee and smaller than the 3,800-square-foot ReStore in Wauwatosa, he said.
ReStore is the most significant single source of funding for Habitat for Humanity, Starkey said. It mainly sells lumber, paint, doors, windows, lighting, tools, cabinets, wood flooring, tile, toilets, sinks, bathtubs, hardware, shingles and other building materials, he said.
Alderman Karl Kastner has objected to thrift stores opening on Highway 100, especially in that area because other thrifts are already nearby.
However, he said last week that he would reluctantly support the Habitat for Humanity request for city approval.
"It's a different creature because their merchandise is different," he said.
Nevertheless he said, "It's a tough request. But apparently, it's a marketable and needed thing."
At least the ReStore would probably be a good neighbor, he said.
"They promised to keep the outside maintained well, no storage outside," Kastner said.
However, Kastner holds to his position that the Highway 100 corridor needs something besides thrifts.
"It needs life, it needs energy," Kastner said. That holds true for its entire length through West Allis, Greenfield and Hales Corners, he said.
Among the resale stores along Highway 100 are a large St. Vincent de Paul store at 4500 S. 108th St., only a couple of blocks south of the proposed ReStore, USA Family Thrift, 4470 S. 108th St., even closer to ReStore, the Bethesda Thrift Shop, 5317 S. 108th St., Hales Corners, and a Goodwill store just off Highway 100 at 10909 W. Oklahoma Ave., in West Allis.
The proposed ReStore would open at 10 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday, closing at 6 p.m. nightly except Saturday when it would close at 4 p.m. The store would be closed Sunday and Monday.
It would be staffed by three paid workers and six to eight volunteers per day.
A donation canopy would be added to the south side of the building.