Charlottesville's Plow and Hearth store now has a better idea of when it will be back open for business.
The company's president says, despite January's destructive fire, the location should bounce back by late spring. There is still a lot of work to do, but significant progress is being made. Construction could begin at the end of this month.
It's been a busy six weeks for Plow and Hearth President John Haydock.
"Right after the holidays you tend to think things slow down a little bit, but as a result of what happened and sort of the normal planning process, we are geared up," Haydock said.
The fire on January 7 ravaged the store in the Barracks Road Shopping Center, making it evident recovery wouldn't be easy. But despite the challenge, the process is steadily moving forward.
"We're making good progress so far we've cleared out the store entirely. We've now drafted architectural drawings, and we're in the process of submitting those for review," Haydock said.
The plans will include details on light fixtures and probably reworking the floor print. Plow and Hearth has also spent time reviewing store practices after it was determined Fatwood contributed to the fire.
"So we sell Fatwood and fire starters and we sell that in all of our stores. We're certainly going to look at everything we have to do to be at code or above code," Haydock said.
In the meantime, about half of the Charlottesville customers have been going to the company's shops in Madison. That location is planning a big tent sale for the weekend of March 22 through 24 and hopes to see a number of Charlottesville customers. The target time for the grand re-opening of the Charlottesville location is late May or early June.
"So of course this is a distraction, but we are happy with the progress that's being made so far. We just want to make sure we keep that up and open on time for May," Haydock said.
Plow and Hearth was able to keep all employees on payroll to ensure there is an experienced staff when the store re-opens.
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