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Berkeley Springs Goodwill store reopening

August 02, 1998|By KERRY LYNN FRALEY

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - The Goodwill Industries store in Berkeley Springs will reopen its doors today for the first time since a July 8 fire destroyed a neighboring store in the Morgan Square Shopping Center, according to Regional Manager JoAnn Mowen.

"We're opening. I don't know how prepared we're going to be," Mowen said.

The Goodwill store, which moved from Hancock to fill five storefronts of space in the plaza in March, suffered extensive smoke damage in the fire, she said.

Almost all of the store's merchandise had to be washed or dry-cleaned, and all of its ceiling tiles and flooring had to be replaced, Mowen said.

Fortunately, the clerk working in the store had plenty of notice of the fire and no one was injured, she said.

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Store workers were in last week to put out merchandise and ready the store for opening, Mowen said.

"Just starting over, almost," she said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation by Matt Hutchinson of the W.Va. Fire Marshal's Office, according to his secretary.

Damage to the Family Dollar store, flanked by Food Lion and the Goodwill store, was initially estimated at between $900,000 and $1 million.

The Goodwill store's hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

The phone number is 1-304-258-6685.

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