Shickshinny Making a Comeback From Flood

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SHICKSHINNY -- The Shickshinny area was devastated by the flood last year, But Saturday morning, another sign of a comeback: another business will open.

It's something that's welcome news for the people who depend on it.

Workers are busy putting the finishing touches for the grand opening of Thomas' Family Market in Shickshinny. Kelsey Turak is busy in the deli department. Turak said she's ready for the big day.

"I am a little nervous, but it will be good. It should be," said Turak.

Some businesses in Shickshinny were wiped out by the flood of 2011. That included the communities only supermarket. That owner decided not to rebuild.

Therefore, officials approached the owners of Thomas' which has five other locations. Chris Evans said his company was happy to help.

"We're really crossing our fingers that we don't have another catstrophe like we had last August," said Evans.

Evans said he had some flood protection installed.

"We're protected just a little over the front doors, so the entire parking lot and surrounding the outside of the building can be flooded but we're dry in here," explained Evans.

Steve Schott, the meat manager, said employees are proud of what they've accomplished.

"I was here when they first started construction a few months ago, and it was night and day," said Schott.

Tom Washington of Mocanaqua stopped by to get a preview of the market. He said  people in Shickshinny really depend on having a hometown market.

"In the senior citizens building over there they haven't been able to buy groceries for a long time. They have to depend on people giving them rides," said Washington.

Officials said the grand opening of Thomas' Family Market will be early Saturday morning.