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Greensburg Farm Market closing July 10 for rebuilding

June 19, 2011|By AARON SAUNDERS | aaron.saunders@herald-mail.com

The Greensburg Farm Market will close July 10 so the building that was destroyed by a March 8 fire can be rebuilt.

The market, which sells a variety of annual and perennial plants, bushes, vegetable plants and produce, is scheduled to reopen Sept. 1.

“I will be glad when the new store is rebuilt, but you can’t replace 18 years of history,” said store owner Mary Stagner. “I had all of my sons’ FFA plaques in there, and the first dollar the store made hanging on the wall. I will never get those back.”

The new structure will be built in the same spot where the old one stood.

“Luckily we did have enough insurance money for the building to be rebuilt,” Stagner said.

The market, at 17835 Virginia Ave. between Halfway and Wilson boulevards, was closed for less than three weeks after the fire. Most of the plants traditionally are displayed outside, a practice that has continued.

“Business is about the same as it was when we had the store ... being outside hasn’t really changed anything and the customers like it,” Stagner said.

“I was devastated when I first heard the store burned down,” said her sister-in-law Gabby Mangano, who lives in Italy.

The store has been in business for 40 years and operating at the current location for 18 years.

“It  is real convenient, they have nice produce, they are friendly, they have good prices and they are willing to help you,” 10-year customer Darlene Ganoe said.

On Friday, Greensburg Farm Market was selling cucumbers for 75 cents, watermelons for $4 and a dozen ears of corn for $5.

While the Market on Virginia Avenue is closed, merchandise will be sold from a warehouse on Wilson Boulevard where Stagner’s husband, Raymond, and son, Patrick, run the day-to-day operations.

Mangano, who is helping out while she is visiting from Italy, will miss the reopening.

“I am sad I will be gone by the time the new store opens up,” she said.

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