Business & Politics

July 27, 2011

Bouncing Back

Local businesses strive to recover after May 24 tornado

— The tornado that recently tore through Chickasha left several businesses in a complete state of array.

“Many are now left with the decision as to whether to tear down and start over or repair,” said Gene Winsett, city inspector.

Any business that was damaged must submit to the city an engineer report providing information as to whether the structure is sound enough to rebuild, he said.

Dollar Tree

Representatives from Dollar Tree said they do not plan to re-open a store in Chickasha.

Western Sizzlin

This restaurant suffered considerable damage and has had to undergo extensive repairs, such as a new ventilation system, new heat and air and repairing the whole back side of the building. Costs to bring back this business is estimated to be over $300,000 – and could possibly go higher. If all goes as planned, Western Sizzlin could re-open at the beginning of August.

The Pit Stop

Located on Country Club Road, this business experienced extensive damage, but is making progress towards a complete recovery. Projected plans are to re-open at the end of August or in early September. Plans are in the works for a Grand Opening.

Bath and Body Works

Information was not available as of press time.

Western Union

A sign in their window at their new location of 628 Chickasha Ave. says they will re-open soon. They were also located in the path of the tornado on Country Club Drive.

Options Counseling Service

This business adjoined the Western Union office and has relocated to 205 W. Chickasha Ave.

Chickasha Veterinary Hospital

A sports banner on their building announces they are “OPEN.”

Quick Stop

Located on the corner of Grand Ave. and Country Club Rd., now named Iron Horse Grill, Bronco Corner, is open while undergoing repairs. The owner of this building had just purchased this business not too long before the tornado struck May 24 and had just completed considerable renovation. Now, unfortunately, he is painstakingly starting over.

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