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MERRIAM, KS (KCTV) -
A vacant shopping center will be demolished Wednesday morning to make room for the first Ikea in Kansas.
The shopping center was built in 2008 for a Circuit City, but the company never moved in because it went bankrupt. The building that has been vacant for about five years will be torn down Wednesday. The unused material from it and the surrounding shopping center will be used to help Heartland Habitat for Humanity.
"We went in there and took just about everything that wasn't nailed down and some that was," said Wally Binney, director for Heartland Habitat for Humanity's ReStore program.
Volunteers for Habitat for Humanity searched for anything they could salvage from the building.
"Ceiling fixtures, light fixtures, displays, doors, handicapped toilets, sinks, mirrors," Binney said. "Even the shrubbery out in the parking lot."
Everything that was salvaged was up for sale at the Heartland Habitat for Humanity ReStore, a public retail outlet that sells quality new and used surplus building materials and appliances that are priced at 20 to 80 percent off retail. The funds raised from the recycled material will be used to build a home for families in need.
"It's not a handout, it's really a hand-up. People have to give us some sweat equity. They can work in the store here or help build the house. We sell it to them with a no-interest loan," Binney said. "The win-win situation for everybody is there will be less stuff in the landfill. It is recycled, reused."
Everything that was salvaged from the old Circuit City building was already sold.
"The customer gets a great deal. They get a new product. We get the money and take that money and help fund building homes,"
Volunteers said the Ikea donation raised thousands of dollars for Habitat for Humanity.
The demolition of the building, located off Eby Avenue in Merriam, KS, itself is set for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday. A crew member said the demolition could take about a week.
The new 359,000-square-foot Ikea store is not expected to open until next year. They are also adding 1,200 parking spaces on the 19-acre lot.
Ikea anticipates the construction will create more than 500 jobs and, when the store opens, it will create about 350 jobs.
The two ReStore locations are 1270 Merriam Lane, Kansas City, KS 66103 and 9850 W. 87th St., Overland Park, KS 66212. Click here for more on ReStore.
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