On August 16, The Scrap Exchange
, the Durham-based nonprofit that has come to be a nationwide model for creative reuse centers, will finally have a place to call its own.
After three years at its current location on Franklin Street, The Scrap Exchange will reopen in a new, larger space in the Lakewood neighborhood of Durham, in what was formerly the Cinema Theater and Duke Surplus building at 2050 Chapel Hill Road.
True to its mission, The Scrap Exchange has worked to repair and renovate the property since buying it late in 2013, ensuring that it's suitable for the organization's activities, which include retail sales, gallery space and material collection. This is the first time in the organization's 23-year history that it has owned its brick and mortar rather than leasing or subsidizing.
With more than 23,000 square feet of usable space, the new Scrap Exchange can be counted among the largest creative reuse centers in the country. The gallery will be closed from August 11 to 15 to facilitate the final stages of its relocation, but will reopen on the 16th with expanded operating hours, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A formal celebration for the grand reopening is tentatively scheduled for October 5.