Posted at: 09/18/2013 5:28 PM
| Updated at: 09/18/2013 6:23 PM
By: Kumi Tucker
FORT PLAIN -- The Save-A-Lot in Fort Plain is newly renovated, the shelves are re-stocked, and the customers are back.
"It's the best thing to happen to the village in a long time," said Fort Plain resident Al Brownell.
The store was destroyed in the flooding in June. The inside was covered in mud. The owners estimate the loss at about $750,000.
"We've been waiting for it to open since it closed," said shopper Gloria Celentano of Fort Plain. "We're both on fixed incomes. Without Save-A-Lot, there wouldn't be a lot of extras in our pantry."
Fort Plain was hit hard by flooding. People lost their belongings, homes were condemned, and businesses closed their doors for good.
The Save-A-Lot is a grocery store within walking distance for many Fort Plain residents. Customers say it is a neighborhood store that has good prices.
Owner Jeff Hart said he heard plenty from residents. "I can't wait for you to re-open, I hope you re-open, and I hope you come back," said Hart. "You almost can't say no to that, when you get that kind of support."
The Mancinis, who have been married for 68 years, come here often from St. Johnsville.
"Oh, wonderful! Couldn't be better," said Armand Mancini. "It's nice for the older people, and good for the younger people. They get nice bargains here and everything. We really missed it."
Customers say it is important to the community to have a convenient, affordable grocery store, and that workers did a great job, especially considering how bad the place looked after the flood.
"Oh, it certainly did," said Margaret Mancini. "And the whole town looked awful. But it's coming back."