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ReCONNstruction Center Moves to Larger Facility in Newington

If you are looking for used, but in good condition sinks, faucets, doors and more at the ReCONNstruction Center on South Main St., you will only find an empty building.

After six years the ReCONNstruction Center has moved to a larger facility in Newington.

Their new 12,500 sq. ft. store is housed in Twin City Plaza at 731 New Britain Ave. in Newington.

“We are thrilled about the move. This is going to be a great space for us,” said Doug Janssen, manager of the center. “We’ve already had a lot of people peeking their heads in who had been shopping at Family Dollar and didn’t know anything about us. We hope to get a whole other customer base.”

The ReCONNstruction Center is a not-for-profit charitable corporation. It is a building material reuse retailer that receives donations (new, used, and vintage) and resells them at reduced rates to the public, a sort of thrift store version of a Home Depot. The New Britain community has been a loyal customer base during its time on South Street, and the center hopes that they will continue to shop with them in Newington. The new location is double in size, allowing them to support larger amounts of inventory and have adequate space to display merchandise.

“It’s been crazy. Our stuff is here, but our customers are still going to the old location. We need to get the word out that we are here,” said Janssen. “Some quantities are low because we sold out before we moved. We tried to get rid of stuff.”

But, the store is making pickups again and just got in two kitchen sets.

“We are getting two new ones today,” said Janssen. “They are our best sellers.”

The store is chock full of rebuilding materials including kitchen cabinets, vanities, counter tops, doors, windows, knobs, lighting, plumbing fixtures, toilets, tile, lumber and so much more.

All the items are donated and donations are accepted every day. About 60 percent of its customers are homeowners and about 40 percent own multi-family dwellings.

Their mission statement at ReCONN is to keep building materials out of the local landfills, to the extent that they can. ReCONN accepts almost any kind of building material that can be used or reused, unless the item might be considered hazardous.

“We are always looking for new volunteers,” Janssen said. “We need help because this is a much bigger space. It’s going to take more work to keep it running smoothly.”

Their phone number is 860-597-3390 and you can find them online at: www.reconnstructioncenter.org. Store hours are: Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.