- Associated Press - Monday, March 20, 2017

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. (AP) - Small businesses in Greenbrier County are bouncing back following last year’s devastating floods.

The city of White Sulphur Springs staged a series of ribbon-cutting ceremonies earlier this month to welcome nearly a dozen businesses that have either newly opened or reopened after the June 23 floods, The Register-Herald reported (https://bit.ly/2nDr0tD). The floods killed 23 people and ravaged homes, businesses and infrastructure.

“It is such an exciting time in our community,” said City Councilman Mark Gillespie following the March 4 ceremonies. He said it signifies “the rebirth of our town and letting the world know we are open for business. We are strong people and will fight to rebuild.”

RockFab, a store that sells kitchen countertops and other stone products, opened less than three weeks prior to the disaster. Despite the fact that more than 14 inches of water surged through the store, the business is once again open, manager Rhonda Shay said.

“We have not given up on this area,” Shay said of the RockFab company, which is based in Roanoke, Virginia. “We invested a lot of time in choosing this spot and deciding to make it our third location. It just took longer than we thought it would to get a good start, but we’re getting there.”

Other White Sulphur Springs businesses recognized during the ribbon-cutting ceremonies include a home furnishing store, a clothing boutique and a gun store.

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Information from: The Register-Herald, https://www.register-herald.com


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