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Shops Closed After Barracks Road Fire Begin Renovations

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The shops affected by the fire at Plow & Hearth at Barracks Road Shopping Center are coming closer to reopening their doors.  After being closed for two weeks because of damages, a shop next to Plow & Hearth is moving forward with renovations.    

The team at The Happy Cook is ready to begin renovations Tuesday morning. They were given the go-ahead to start construction Monday after a five-day hiatus.

Owner Monique Moshier hopes The Happy Cook will soon be filled customers once again.

"We're very excited to know that we can move forward, we did get the word that there was no structural issues with Plow & Hearth and the girders that go over our ceiling space ," said Moshier.

Moshier and her team worked aggressively to clean out the store and get it ready for repairs in the days after the fire. But since Wednesday, she says they have been waiting for the Barracks Road Shopping Center to finish their inspections.

"We're trying to stay busy as much as we can, but no actual repairs or restorations were able to be done in the last five days," said Moshier.

Moshier says the repairs on her shop will cost $100,000-$200,000. Combined with all the time they've been closed, the store is looking at $250,000 in losses.

Now that they have the go-ahead, they can start work immediately.

"First thing in the morning they're going to start tearing out ceiling tiles so they can start doing the work that needs to be done between our drop ceiling and the roof and then from there we'll just move on getting the rest of the ceiling replaced and then the flooring ," said Moshier.

She hopes these are the last few steps to reopening.

"It was just very frustrating to have days where absolutely nothing was happening with the repairs and restorations, so it's great to be moving forward again and seeing work getting done," said Moshier.  

Moshier says once work starts, she's hoping it will only take about 10 days, so The Happy Cook could be open again at the beginning of February.

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