The N&N Market's is reopen today for a soft opening. It shut its doors for clean-up and repairs after an arson fire and burglary in early October. Police are still investigating the case.
The N& N Market in downtown Dillingham is reopen today. After an arson fire and burglary on October 9th, the store shut its doors to clean up, make repairs, and replace its products.
Employee Martha Romey stands at the check out customer as she waits for the first customers to finish their shopping.
"I'm excited to be reopening, and I'm excited to have lots of customers come in," she says.
Store manager Eric Dennis says that the store will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. this week as a soft opening. As the store waits on shipments, some shelves remain conspicuously empty. Dennis says they hope to resume regular hours next week after all their shipments arrive.
"We're just waiting for all of our orders to come in," he explains. "There was just so much stuff we had to order at one time, so now the pipeline is kind of tied up. It's just a waiting game right now."
Total building damage was $512,000.
"It's basically starting all over again," says Dennis, "which isn't good because we were on the right track for getting insurance and benefits for all the employees because of this it's going to set us back probably--I'm not sure how long, but it's going to set us back again."
Police continue to investigate the arson and burglary. They have not publicly named any suspects.
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