Reconstruction Warehouse retools world of home improvement
by Mariko Lamb
Published - 08/08/12 - 01:27 PM | 13206 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The 7,000-square foot Reconstruction Warehouse on Hancock Street, owned by Chris Marek, above, is changing the face of home improvement by reselling salvaged and reused materials — a concept that not only frees up room at the landfill, but also offers customers serious savings.                                                                                                    Courtesy photo
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A new kind of home-improvement store has opened its doors in Point Loma, offering eco-friendly retail options at its 7,000-square-foot warehouse at 3341 Hancock St.

Reconstruction Warehouse is built around the idea that any old home-improvement material — including sinks, doors, granite countertops, windows, flooring, lighting, furniture and tile — can skirt the landfill by being salvaged, reused and made available to the customer at an affordable price.

“Our mission is to keep products from accumulating in landfills and recycle them within our community,” said Reconstruction Warehouse owner Chris Marek. “There’s too much building waste, and we’re changing that.”

Marek said he is able to offer his customers products far below retail price by scouring the country for overstocked, discontinued, misordered and unique materials that would otherwise build up in landfills or get lost in the masses at a huge furniture or home-improvement store’s warehouse.

Although the store does offer some products that are used, about 80 percent of them are brand-new, never-been-used items at exceptional prices, said Marek.

“These are tough economic times for everyone,” said Marek. “People want and deserve a break. And they’ll get one every time they walk in the door.”

Reconstruction Warehouse can also help its customers responsibly recycle leftover building products and electronics, and the company will even pay you for some used items.

The revolutionary idea behind Reconstruction Warehouse is centered on the simple idea of running and maintaining an ecologically friendly business in everything it does — from the products offered to its daily store operations, according to Marek.

“We utilize an iPad point-of-sale system, chalkboards for pricing and offer the customer an emailed or printed receipt. It’s all about keeping costs low and passing great deals on to our customers,” he said.

A selection of the wide variety of unique products offered at Reconstruction Warehouse can be seen at To view the new products, visit the warehouse. Store hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, call (619) 795-7326.
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