After more than 14 years of service, former ReStore manager, Rick Melo is hanging up his hat and hammer and retiring. Rick is looking forward to spending more time with his grandchildren and will be moving to the Asheville area.
“To say he will be missed is an understatement,” said Allison Jennings, Director of Development for Watauga Habitat for Humanity. “Rick’s hard work and devotion to the ReStore has helped our affiliate fund and build 14 affordable houses in our community. Rick has transformed families for generations to come,” said Jennings.
In 2006, Rick began volunteering at the original ReStore on George Wilson Road. Two years later he accepted the role of store manager. Rick helped moved the store to different locations and the ReStore is now a thriving non-profit home improvement and donation center located at 1200 Archie Carrol Road in Boone.
For customers who would like to wish Rick a safe and happy retirement, stop by the ReStore through Friday October 2nd. Hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday, 12pm-5pm. Friday October 2nd the ReStore will be offering “Retirement Rick” discounts.
“On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of Watauga Habitat for Humanity, we are thankful for Rick Melo’s dedication and time-served,” said Gardner Hoover, ReStore Manager. “From the bottom of our hearts, we’re going to miss you. It was great working with you-your hard work and dedication truly made a lasting impact, and one that has changed Watauga County Habitat and the ReStore for the better in so many ways. Congratulations on your retirement! Here’s to watching your grandkids and not the bottom line!” said Hoover.