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Henicle's Market rebuilding burned-out store

May 06, 2004|by RICHARD F. BELISLE

waynesboro@herald-mail.com

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Kerry Bumbaugh, an owner of the Henicle's Market chain, said Wednesday he didn't know when he will reopen the Anthony Highway store, which was seriously damaged by an April 22 fire.

The only part of the 54,000-square-foot building that will be left when the roof is removed will be the front and two side walls.

The entire rear wall has been torn down.

The store at 11359 Anthony Highway north of Waynesboro was an empty shell Wednesday.

Henicle's employees are doing the construction, Bumbaugh said.

"I can't even guess when we're going to open again," he said.

Complicating the reconstruction is the fact that the store's air conditioning, plumbing, gas and refrigeration lines all ran through the roof.

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One change will put the dairy and freezer section in the rear of the store. Bumbaugh is adding an extra 12 feet to the back to accommodate the addition.

The frozen food and dairy cases were on the north wall before the fire.

The rest of the store will be familiar to its long-time shoppers with the checkout counters back up front, the produce and meat sections where they were and the aisles, though somewhat shorter, basically in the same location.

"Things will be more efficient," Bumbaugh said.

The store's 15 employees have stayed on the job following the fire, he said.

There are three stores in the Henicle's chain, including one at 42 W. Second St. in Waynesboro and one at 7798 Lincoln Way East in Fayetteville, Pa.

The Anthony Highway store was built in the early 1960s, Bumbaugh said.

The fire was caused by a light that caught other materials on fire in the upper part of the building, officials have said. Bumbaugh said the day after the fire that the store's inventory was destroyed.

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