It's the start of another chapter for Réno-Jouets, which is inaugurating its new premises on Friday in the former Canac store in Cap-Rouge, in the presence of its partners.
For the founder and general manager of Réno-Jouets, Annie Asselin, this new step marks a turning point in the history of the organization, founded in 2002, which recovers, repairs, cleans and resells toys at very affordable.
The new store opened its doors to the public on June 22, but for Ms. Asselin, it was essential to take a break to thank the employees, volunteers and many partners who make Réno-Jouets' mission possible. . More than 150 people are expected at the inauguration.
Acquisition of a building
Réno-Jouets has acquired the building where it is newly installed. The 20,000 square foot space is twice the size of the previous location on Watt Street, which had become too small.
“I have been looking for a new space for four years. to ensure the sustainability of the organization. Now we have found it. In recent years, donations have tripled. With the pandemic, the demand for helping organizations has increased and so has the sale of toys,” said Ms. Asselin.
Back to School Fair
< p>Saturday and Sunday, Réno-Jouets organizes a fair to celebrate the return to school and the move to new premises. On site, there will be inflatable games, a mechanical bull, rides, a climbing tower and several other activities. Everything will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., both days.
For the future, Ms. Asselin wishes to reproduce this circular economy model in other regions of Quebec. < /p>
“In Montreal, we work with Renaissance, but there could be Réno-Jouets in other small towns,” she says.
The organization recovers the equivalent of 10 53-foot toy trailers per year. Two out of three toys are recycled and donated by the Réno-Jouets Foundation, which works to fight poverty. Other toys are sold to help support the mission.
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