Nine months ago a fire tore through the Plow & Hearth in the Barracks Road Shopping Center. Now the store is up and running again.
The accidental fire - caused by an electrical wire stored too close to fatwood, a fire starter - ravaged the Plow & Hearth early one morning last January. Restoration was a longer process than expected but after nine months, the store is reopening its doors Friday morning.
"Our staff has been wonderful and the neighboring stores have been very supportive all along the way and understanding in the situation," said John Haydock, president of Plow & Hearth.
Even after the store was closed for so long, there will be some familiar faces behind the registers at the reopening. Haydock says he's retained almost every member of the store's staff.
As it celebrates its reopening, Plow & Hearth is also giving back. Proceeds during the grand reopening - set for next week - will benefit Service Dogs of Virginia.
"Plow & Hearth is a company with a huge heart and they're helping us, they've also helped other nonprofits in the area," said Peggy Law, the nonprofit's founder and executive director.
Haydock says the nine months' wait was worth it.
"A lot of folks have been making their way up to either our Richmond store or our Madison store and I think they'll be happy to have the store back on Barracks Road," Haydock said.
The store will reopen Friday but the grand opening and ribbon-cutting is scheduled for October 11.
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