'We are an army': CTown staff labored to reopen Saturday
CTown Supermarket, the largest full-service grocery store in York City, re-opened Saturday afternoon after a large fire early Friday morning closed nine businesses in the Yorktown Mall.
It opened its doors at about 12:30 p.m., said manager Genesis Marquez.
"This morning we’ve had people coming by and even waiting until the health inspector came in and gave us the green light," she said.
City officials had said they expected it to be closed until Monday, but employees and even some customers worked all night to ensure it was open the next day.
"We are an army," Marquez said.
Cleanup was extensive, including removing and discarding all fruits, vegetables and meat exposed to smoke, cleaning ducts and ventilation systems, cleaning and sanitizing shelving, floors, walls and equipment.
Marquez did not have an exact figure, but estimated $100,000 to $130,000 was lost between inventory and sales.
As the largest full-service grocery store in the city, CTown opening as early as possible for those who rely on it within a food desert did factor into decisions.
"As humans, we do feel that responsibility," Marquez said.
"There is always that maybe," she said, that a fire would affect the store, but thankfully CTown emerged relatively unscathed. She offered sympathy for the businesses that did suffer major losses.
Marquez said the store is planning a fresh look for its produce section around Thanksgiving to give customers in the city the best it can.