More Wyalusing Businesses Reopen
By David Keeler
Employees at Wyalusing’s Ace Hardware store were smiling Tuesday morning and there was a good reason for their happiness: after being closed since last month’s flooding, the totally re-outfitted store opened Monday.
It was the same story just down Route 6 where the Wyalusing Valley Children’s Center also reopened Monday.
Ace Hardware customers will quickly notice the store has been completely redesigned with a new layout.
Employee Sue Fenton said changes to the store include a greatly expanded inventory of Craftsman tools. “We had Craftsman tools before the flood but not nearly as many as now,” she said. The store also now carries Clark and Kensington Paint, which it didn’t carry before the flood. The popular paint includes paint and primer in the same can, which drastically cuts painting time.
Robyn Lacy had been operating her Wyalusing Valley Children’s Center at the former elementary school since the flood, but reopened at the Route 6 facility Monday. The center provides care for about 120 kids.
“We had about two feet of water in here,” Robyn said. She added that repairs included replacing the bottom four-feet of sheetrock and all the carpeting. There were few items retrieved from the building prior to the flooding. “By the time we got here at 6 a.m., water was already in the building,” Robyn said.
Lacy called on the services of GearClean, a flood recovery company that worked extensively in the region to restore homes and businesses after the flooding. “They had 40 dehumidifiers running in here at one time,” Robyn said, adding that unlike many flood victims she was able to start the clean-up process on Friday, just a day after the worst of the flooding.
Back at Ace Hardware, Chad Timerman, another employee, said overall the store’s inventory is about double what it was before the flood. He said water in the store reached about two feet. “All the shelving has been replaced,” Timerman said.
Marcey Pickett expressed thanks to all the volunteers who helped get Ace Hardware back in business. “It was unreal the way people pitched in to help us,” she said.
Store owners Mark and Stef Woodruff took the day off Tuesday. “They deserve it,” Fenton said. “This has been an ordeal for all of us.”
A grand reopening celebration is expected to take place at Ace Hardware after the holidays.
Meanwhile, at the Wyalusing Valley Children’s Center, they’re already celebrating. Carol Goodman, President of the Greater Wyalusing Chamber of Commerce, organized a ribbon cutting at the center Tuesday morning. The kids lined up outside and Robyn Lacy cut the ribbon, officially reopening the center. And like the folks at Ace Hardware, Robyn and most everyone else at her day care center were smiling, too.