Despite Early Stall, TRP Soars in 2014

By Ted Reiff

The ReUse People SpecialsTRP began 2014 in a decidedly lackluster manner. The slump could be felt in every aspect of the business and, quite frankly, I was concerned. Happily (and largely inexplicably), the outlook began to change in early July. In the final analysis, TRP's 21st year proved to be the most successful in the company's history.

Revenue at both the Oakland and Los Angeles stores broke sales records. The Reuse Depot, TRP's partnering Chicago store performed splendidly, even amidst its move to larger and better situated quarters. The Reuse Warehouse in Durham, another partnering outlet, completed its best year to date. Back in California, San Bernardino's Reuse Warehouse opened in August and has been gaining traction. Owned by the Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino, the warehouse is operated by TRP through The ReUse Institute.

In July, Deconstruction Manager Ezequiel Borquez moved from Oakland to Los Angeles, where he completed several projects and began to build a TRP deconstruction presence. Deconstruction crews in Oakland, now under the leadership of Juan Gomez, completed several dozen jobs that yielded large quantities of high quality materials to TRP.

Total projects initiated by the company's regional managers exceeded the year's combined forecast. John Morrow led the pack, outstripping projected output by 71 percent. Four other regional managers also exceeded their budgets.

As a result of all this activity, more than 10,000 tons (20 million pounds) of construction materials were diverted from local landfills in 2014 alone. Added to previous years' diversion numbers, TRP, together with its donors and certified deconstruction contractors, has diverted approximately 360,000 tons of materials from the solid waste stream.

Administratively, TRP bid a wistful bon voyage to longtime controller Alex Vasquez, who decided he was ready for new challenges, and turned over accounting authority to Vice President Shannon Barnes (as if she didn't have enough to do). And the TRP board of directors saw the addition of the multitalented Nancy Pearlman (www.nancypearlman.net/id1.html), who is already proving to be a great asset.

My heartfelt thanks go to donors, retail customers, certified deconstruction contractors, partnering stores, and all the great regional managers and employees who have made this, and prior, years successful.

Specials of the Month

At the Oakland warehouse we are featuring featuring doors. Receive 25% off the price of any interior or exterior door in the warehouse through January 31.
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The Los Angeles warehouse is featuring both interior doors and windows. Receive 50% off the price of any interior door or window in the L.A. warehouse through January 31.
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The San Bernardino warehouse is featuring bathroom vanities, with a variety of sizes and styles to choose from. Receive a 20% discount on any bathroom vanity in the warehouse through January 31.
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New Inventory

The Oakland warehouse has new shipments of red brick. Great for walls, planters, patios and more.

New inventory at the Los Angeles warehouse includes a beautiful leaded stained-glass window, an intricately carved wood mantle, and a complete bathroom ensemble, including pedestal tub, lighting fixtures and multiple large vanities with marble countertops.

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New inventory at the San Bernardino warehouse includes a beautiful Thermador 36-inch, five-burner gas cooktop in excellent condition, and bathroom vanities in various styles (on special this month).

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Location and Contact Information

TRP ReUse Warehouse - Oakland
9235 San Leandro Street
Oakland, CA  94603
(510) 383-1983; toll-free 888-588-9490
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00-6:00 Closed Sunday

TRP ReUse Warehouse - Los Angeles
3015 Dolores Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90065
818-244-5635
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-5:00; Sat 10:00-4:00

TRP-HACSB ReUse Warehouse - San Bernardino
660 East Orange Street
San Bernardino, CA  92410
(909) 388-6475
Hours: Tue-Sat 9:00-6:00 Closed Monday and Sunday

Please visit our partnering warehouses:
Habitat for Humanity ReStores, Orange County (two convenient locations)
The Home Improvement Store That Builds Homes
1656 West Katella Avenue, Anaheim, CA 92802
(Euclid and Katella Avenue)
(714) 434-6266
Mon-Fri 9:00 am- 8:00 pm;
Sat 9:00 am- 6:00pm;
Sun 11:00 am- 5:00 pm

The Home Improvement Store That Builds Homes
1400 Village Way, Santa Ana, CA 92705
(McFadden Place Shopping Center, exit 55 Freeway at McFadden)
(714) 434-6266
Mon- Sat 9:00 am- 6:00 pm;
Sun 10:00 am- 5:00 pm

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Kansas City
4701 Deramus, Kansas City MO 64120
(816) 231-6889
Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00-6:00; Sat 9:00-4:00; closed Sunday

The ReUse Warehouse
1400 East Geer Street
Durham, NC 27704
(919) 219-4913
Hours: Mon-Fri, 2:00-6:00; Sat, 9:30-5:00

Second Chance Building Materials Center
1423 West Grove Street
Boise, ID 83702
(208) 331-2707
Hours: Mon-Sat, 9:00-6:00; Sun, 12:00-5:00

Roaring Fork Valley Habitat for Humanity
7025 Hwy 82
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
(970) 945-7733
Hours: Mon-Fri, 10:00-5:30; Sat, 10:00-5:00; Sun, 11:00-4:00

Stardust Building Supply
3901 E. Thunderbird Road
Phoenix, AZ 85032
(602) 459-9803
Hours: Mon-Sat, 8:00-6:00; Sun, 10:00-4:00

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Salt Lake Valley,
1276 South 500 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 263-0136
Hours: Mon-Sat 9:00am-6:00pm; closed Sunday

Habitat for Humanity ReStore, Summit & Wasatch Counties
6280 N. Silver Creek Drive, Silver Summit, UT
(435) 487-9015
Hours: Wed-Sat 10:00-6:00; closed Sunday

Recycle Utah
1951 Woodbine Way Park City, UT 84060
(435) 649-9698
Hours: Mon-Sat 8:00-5:30; Sun 10:00-4:00

Reuse Depot
50 West Madison
Maywood, IL 60153
(708) 223-0502
Hours: Wed-Mon 10:00-6:00p; Closed Tuesdays

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