Habitat for Humanity’s Naperville ReStore moving to Fox River Commons

Forced to vacate its current location due to the redevelopment of Fox River Mall, Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore retail outlet in Naperville is moving to a nearby shopping venue.

The nonprofit signed a lease with Continental Realty Corporation for 24,115 square feet of space within Fox River Commons, a 241,000-square-foot shopping center directly across the street at 704-944 Route 59 near West Ogden Avenue (Route 34).

The center is anchored by family-owned grocery store International Fresh Market, and features a mix of retail stores and restaurants, including Amish Furniture Gallery, Ball Factory, ENTOURAGE, Galleria Lighting, and VAI’s Italian Inspired Kitchen + Bar. National pickleball venue The Picklr recently opened its first Chicago-area location in a 27,333-square-foot space at the center.

Habitat for Humanity operates three ReStore facilities in DuPage County. It intends to occupy the new space by late summer or early fall and anticipates the store will have roughly 10 employees.

“We consider ourselves extremely fortunate to be relocating to Fox River Commons,” said Jennifer Taff, the group’s executive director. “The size and layout of the space fulfills our exact needs from an operational standpoint, as we will be able to achieve a large display area in the front of the store and a warehouse in the back. The end-cap location with a side easement and the rear loading dock will also make it easier to drop off large item donations. Fox River Commons features strong anchor and inline tenants and we are counting on a steady stream of consumers to fuel our sales.”

Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore accepts quality new and gently used furniture, appliances, and building materials and then sells these household goods to the public, contractors, and DIYers. This diverts tons of reusable materials from local landfills. The organization uses the proceeds to build affordable housing nationwide.

Last year, the DuPage and Chicago South Suburbs Habitat for Humanity delivered more than 20 housing units to support the community.

CRC, a Baltimore-based real estate investment and management company, acquired Fox River Commons in 2022 as part of a portfolio of five shopping centers in the suburban Chicago market comprising more than 900,000 square feet of space.

More than 271,000 consumers live within a 5-mile radius of Fox River Commons, with an average household income approaching $130,000. Nearly 60,000 vehicles pass the site daily via Route 59, with an additional 36,000 passing via West Ogden Avenue, according to CRC.

“Habitat for Humanity is a highly regarded organization with tremendous leadership and we deeply appreciate their mission to provide essential housing to the local community,” CRC’s Blake Dickinson said. “The ReStore concept is extremely unique and is a strong traffic generator that will benefit the entire tenant mix at Fox River Commons.”

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