Spanish Fork ReStore closing its doors after 10 years

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Spanish Fork ReStore will be closing its doors in November, and will be holding a customer appreciation event on September 26 at 10 a.m. to both liquidate products and tell its loyal customers thank you.

ReStore is part of Habitat for Humanity which is a nonprofit organization that helps community members in need be able to build or improve upon the homes they live in. The store itself was a place to purchase affordable household items like lighting, flooring and other supplies. Proceeds from sales fund the local Habitat for Humanity, and the store has been serving the community for close to a decade.

Store manager Marillee Marx explained that the store is closing due to circumstances out of its control, but will be moving in with the Orem location for the time being.

“Everything in Utah County is the same exact affiliate, so we’re just moving with our sister store for the time being when the market kind of settles and we can buy another building,” she said. “I don’t know what the future holds, but customers down here have been amazing, and we want to hold an event to show our appreciation.”

Marx said that moving has been heart wrenching because of the community they will be leaving behind.

“The building owner sold the property, so they’re tearing it down and our lease is up,” Marx explained.“We have no option. We can’t stay and that in and of itself is just heart wrenching because the customer base that we have built — everything about it has just been the most amazing experience.”

Marx shared a time when she was the warehouse manager and didn’t have another employee working with her, and customers stepped in to help her.

“There was a time when I was the only one here, and was the only muscle and I’m only 5 ‘3” and I’m 50 years old,” she said. “That day, customers just jumped right in and helped, and they didn’t even bat an eye.”

The spirit of helping one another is what ReStore and Habitat for Humanity is all about, and Marx said that it shows.

“Habitat for Humanity builds homes for families with various needs and they go through an extensive qualifying process,” she explained. “Once they’re picked, they go through, home maintenance and repair classes, budgeting classes and more to help them stay on their feet once they get there. … They also do sweat equity, and there have been occasions when individuals have not been able to go on the build site for whatever reason, and they’ll come here and work off their hours and it has just been incredible.”

It has been working closely with the community at the Spanish Fork store that Marx said has made this move so difficult, and why she says she hopes that the customer appreciation event will show the community what they have meant to the store.

The event will start at 10:00 a.m., and will have items to purchase at liquidation prices — things like carpet and other flooring items like linoleum and pad, as well as paint and paint tools. The event will also have food trucks and other things available to show appreciation.

“We appreciate our customers and want to give them the greatest deals as we possibly can.”

The store is located at 253 Arrowhead Trail in Spanish Fork. For more information, go to the ReStore – Habitat for Humanity Utah County, Spanish Fork Facebook page.

Arianne Brown
Arianne Brown
Arianne Brown is a mom of nine who writes columns for many local and national publications. She currently resides in Payson, and enjoys looking for good happenings in her area and sharing them for others to read about. For more of her stories, search "A Mother's Write" on Facebook.

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