Marine With a Heart for the Mission Named Manager of Habitat Yorktown ReStore Opening This Spring
Gary McFadden is blunt when talking about the Habitat ReStore.
“I don’t like the ReStore; I love the ReStore,” says McFadden, who began working at the Newport News ReStore managed by Habitat for Humanity Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg nearly six years ago.
Back then, he was a donation processor. Over the years, he advanced to assistant manager and now will be the Manager at the newest Habitat ReStore in Yorktown that will open this spring. The store located at 4824 George Washington Memorial Highway is next door to Langley Federal Credit Union.
Brooklyn native McFadden spent four years in the Marines, deploying for two tours in Afghanistan. During his military service, he discovered Habitat for Humanity, initially volunteering for the affiliate in Jacksonville, North Carolina.
McFadden moved to Virginia in 2017 after becoming a first-time homeowner and was happy to find the Newport News ReStore was just seven minutes away from his new neighborhood. Getting up every day to work there is a privilege, he says.
“I love the ReStore’s mission,” McFadden said. “I love waking up every morning with a purpose of serving not just my family but the families we partner with to build homes. I also enjoy helping the families who are ReStore customers locate the one item they weren’t expecting to find.”
McFadden looks forward to welcoming both new and familiar faces to the Yorktown ReStore that will be 12,700 square feet and expected to open in the spring of 2023.
The Williamsburg ReStore and the Newport News ReStore are two of the top performing Habitat ReStores in the nation. Like those, the Yorktown ReStore will sell new and gently used furniture, appliances, home accessories, building materials and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price, usually 30-90% off.
All ReStore profits go toward Habitat’s mission of building homes, communities and hope. Adds McFadden, “The exciting part for me and the challenge will be opening the store and creating something new in Yorktown.”