The location of the newest Fuller Center ReUse Store could not be more fitting as the Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project will open in a former Knology building on the main road through Lanett, Alabama — right where a sign designates a stretch of U.S. 29 as “Millard Fuller Memorial Highway.”
The new store will open in April and join the ranks of other Fuller Center ReUse Stores in Hammond, Louisiana.; Shreveport, Louisiana.; and Silver Valley, Idaho.
“We’re stocking it now, and we’re going to open it in April when we get back from the Legacy Build,” CFCP Executive Director Kim Roberts said. “We’re very excited.”
The Millard Fuller Legacy Build will be held April 6-11 in Louisville, Kentucky, but it was a trip last month about two hours north of Louisville — to the Fuller Center Annual Conference in Indianapolis — that convinced Roberts the time was right. She made the call after attending a conference session on ReUse Stores led by Kim McDonald, who runs similar operations for the Ginger Ford Northshore Fuller Center for Housing in Hammond.
“It was very encouraging,” Roberts said of the session. “Traci Crosby and I both sat in on it, and I think that helped me make my final decision that we can do this after I sat through her session. It’s actually something that (CFCP founder) Bill Scott has wanted us to have for many years. I finally just got brave enough to think we might can do it. It’s going to be a lot of work, but we’re going to make a go of it and see if we can produce some more revenue for housing.”
The store will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays when it is up and running and will expand to other days if successful and necessary. Roberts said they are hoping to replicate Hammond’s use of volunteers to staff the stores, and anyone in the Lanett-West Point area who would like to join the team is encouraged to contact Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“It is worth it, and it does help produce more income to keep doing the things we do,” she said.