‘Valley Grocery‘, a family owned storefront in Keene Valley for the last five decades, reopened last week 11 months after it was nearly destroyed from by a fire.
Sunny Reed, whose grandfather owned the business for nearly 40-years before her mother, Carol Reed, was skiing March 11, 2018, when she got the call.
“For us, it was equated to a death in the family. You know it was really like that sense of loss, and sorrow. Then not knowing what steps to take, or who to call, or what to do,” she said.
Those living in and around Keene Valley knew what to do. They raised $100,000 to help their employees and to rebuild, and they hired buses to Plattsburgh and Saranac Lake so people could et groceries.”
Employees were back to work February 12, and re-opening day featured a line of customers waiting to come inside.
“During the opening, there was a line of 15-20 people waiting outside the door with their Valley Grocery reusable bags,” she said.
Moving forward, Reed is hopeful the family store will again be a centerpiece of Keene Valley.
“This really has become the heartbeat of our community,” she said.
Carol Reed, who declined to be interviewed, said her family is thankful for the outpouring of support.