Denison business damaged in fire re-opens at new location

Published: Nov. 14, 2019 at 6:02 PM CST
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Businesses in downtown Denison are still recovering from the Main Street fire. One store that was forced to close because of damages is back in business.

2 Chicks Home and Market re-opened its doors just down the street from the original location, which was affected by smoke damage last month.

"We are so excited to be able to be landing back on our feet after the fire," store owner Elsie Russell said.

Russell said it feels good to be back in business after being closed for about a month.

Russell's sister, Carolyn McMurray-Miller, said her comeback is no surprise.

"I think for her to turn this around so quickly, it's a big statement of her, and her strength and her perseverance," McMurray-Miller said.

Julie Lollar came to the ribbon-cutting Thursday to show support.

"I think it's awesome that they've had the opportunity to re-open the store as soon as they did," Lollar said. "I loved the way the community came together and pulled together."

Russell said none of it would have been possible without her friends and family who helped her move into the new store.

"Everybody that is in our little village, it's the only reason we were able to do it," Russell said. "I mean, it took the village and the village showed up."

Russell said the new building she is in is for sale and she is leasing it monthly.

She said she does not know how long they will be here. It depends on how long it takes for the insurance adjustment, remodeling and cleaning.

"It's pretty sooty and still smells pretty bad but it'll all be gone once it's all cleaned and everything," Russell said.

Russell said this location is temporary, and she plans on getting back to the original location eventually.