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Cindy Kuhn, Dir. of Habitat Restore
March 31, 2003
ST. LOUIS - When Schnuck Markets, Inc. acquired several parcels of land on Kimberly and Division Streets in Davenport, Iowa in 2000, the agreement also included six vacant houses on Sturdevant Street. Since development of the site was delayed, a question arose about just what to do with the structures, which averaged 40 years in age.
In January of 2003, Schnucks teamed up with Habitat for Humanity - Quad Cities to launch a salvage effort that has resulted in a number of treasures that can now be used to renovate and restore homes of the same vintage.
Cindy Kuhn, director of Habitat ReStore, said, "The houses were little gold mines. We were able to recover a host of items including carpeting, wood doors and base trim, shower doors, knobs, cabinets, knotty pine paneling, concrete steps and register covers." Kuhn says ReStore customers planning home renovations and upgrades will eventually use these items, many quite expensive to purchase new.
Kuhn said that whenever home goods can be salvaged, it represents a savings on landfill space. "I'm very pleased that Schnucks officials recognized the value in what their property could mean to the community. It's just a win-win situation all around," said Kuhn.
According to Schnucks, the company had been considering for some time ways to constructively remove the houses from the land. However, Schnucks had determined that moving the houses was not feasible. "Habitat ReStore heard of our dilemma and called to suggest the more practical idea of salvaging goods that could be put to use in homes throughout the area. We were more than happy to accommodate them," said Gordon Lyons, vice president of supermarket development for Schnucks.
Now that the salvage effort is finished, demolition is set to continue this week. Work crews estimate it will take approximately 5-7 days to complete the process. According to Lyons, Schnucks leaders still believe the Davenport market holds promise for a Schnucks venture at some point but are not prepared to announce any plans for the property at this time.
Habitat for Humanity International is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization, which seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Since 1976, Habitat for Humanity International has built more than 125,000 houses in more than 80 countries, including some 45,000 houses across the United States.
Habitat for Humanity - Quad Cities works in partnership with people from all walks of life to build simple, decent, affordable homes in our community. These homes are then purchased by families in need. In the Quad Cities, Habitat is nearing the completion of its 26th house.
A Habitat ReStore is a facility that supports the work of its local Habitat for Humanity affiliate. The income generated from the store goes towards expanding the affiliate's building efforts, furthering the goal to eliminate poverty housing. ReStore sells new and gently used building materials to the general public at deep discounts by receiving donated building materials from individual homeowners, suppliers, builders and businesses. Donations of materials are tax-deductible.
Schnuck Markets, Inc. currently operates 100 stores and 93 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Tennessee and Mississippi. This includes five Logli Supermarkets in Rockford, Ill and Janesville, Wis. Schnucks, a family-owned company founded in 1939, is currently ranked 83rd in Forbes Magazine's list of the nation's "Top 500 Private Companies."
For more information about Habitat ReStore and for photos of the Schnucks salvage efforts, please visit the Habitat website at www.restoreqc.org. For more information about Habitat for Humanity - Quad Cities and its building efforts, please visit the website at www.habitatqc.org.
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