Habitat for Humanity HQ moving to South City

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Habitat for Humanity is moving its headquarters and ReStore on Forest Park Ave from Midtown to South City. The non-profit acquired the 51,159 square foot former National grocery store property at 3830 South Grand from Schnucks Markets in a cash deal combined with a partial charitable contribution from Schnucks.

The move will allow Habitat for Humanity to combine it’s administrative offices, ReStore resale shop, and construction warehouse in one facility with an open floor plan and and loading dock. Approximately 20,000 square feet will be dedicated to the new ReStore, similar to the existing Des Peres location which will remain open. The move is expected to be complete by April 2018.

 

 

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  • Dominic Ricciotti

    This site was once occupied by St. Anthony’s Hospital in a Victorian building constructed in 1900. It lasted until the 70s when the hospital’s present building was constructed in South County. The old hospital was demolished to make way for the National Supermarket store.

    • Nick Lemen

      interesting.

    • Benjamin Aronov
      • Dominic Ricciotti

        YES! The building fronted on Chippewa, not Grand. I spent part of my childhood about 10 blocks south. My sister’s family lived on Dunnica about 3 houses (a starter home) down from the Arkansas side (south, left of photo) of the building. Two of her children (along with other nieces and nephews) were born there and are now in their 60s!

  • JO

    I wonder what they’ll do to the huge parking lot? Surely they won’t need the whole lot for parking….

    • STLrainbow

      A Family Dollar or similar already is under construction on the SW portion of the lot (S. Grand & Keokuk) ) and I believe Habitat will be looking for a retailer to build on the Northwest portion (Grand & Chippewa corner.)

      • Adam

        That’s good news. I assumed the parking lot would be staying as-is for the foreseeable future. Just hope it’s something better than a Family Dollar… A local pet supply store would be nice, actually.

        • brickhugger

          And while we’re at it, could somebody please redevelop the parking lot behind the SSNB tower to the north? A 6-plex movie theatre would be nice, but something else (if high quality) would also work.

          • Adam

            That whole stretch of Grand from roughly Cherokee to Meramec is looooooong overdue for some investment. In addition to the empty lot next to SSNB, we need redevelopment of the Arcade Building at Grand and Miami to kick-start southward development.

          • brickhugger

            My sense is the parking lot and the arcade building would be best done together, whether at the same time or in phases. Either way I agree the building needs to be renovated.

          • Rusty

            I thought Lawrence Group was developing the building

          • Dominic Ricciotti

            Before it collapsed during the recent recession, I believe Pyramid Construction had announced plans for the Arcade building (is that it’s name? It once housed the old Melba Theater).

          • Nick

            I believe it’s actually called the Grandview Arcade building

        • Sean Lowery

          There is a great locally owned pet store on Cherokee at Indiana. As far as parking goes we will need to retain some of it for the ReStore customers.

          • Adam

            Thanks! I’ll check it out.

          • Adam

            Ah… are you talking about Murphy’s Mutts and Cuts? It looks like they’re primarily pet grooming. I want a place where I can buy healthy pet food, treats, toys, poop bags, etc…

          • Nick

            Have you tried Pets in the City? It’s in the Saum building across from the Compton Water Tower.

          • Adam

            Did not know it was there. Will check it out. Thanks!

          • Rusty

            They have all that stuff

          • Adam

            OK cool I’ll go see what they’ve got.

  • kjohnson04

    Good to see a former National (Supermarkets/Markets/Tea) continue to serve the neighborhood in some fashion. Since the fiasco with the Schnucks buyout in 1995, St. Louis was left with decaying former grocery stores with no sign of new life. Hopefully other survivors will find new life through adaptive reuse.

    • brickhugger

      Many have. The south grand store by carondelet park has gone through several developments (including another grocery store), and the Ferguson National is now a schnucks. So with the habitat relocation that’s three stores repurposed.

      • Mike Gmoser

        4 with Jefferson and Layfayette.