Repairs are just now underway at the Rincon Market after a fire ripped through the building last summer. The market has been sitting on the corner of Sixth Street and Tucson Blvd. since the 1930s, and the owner, Kelly Abbott, says customers have been wondering if it will ever be back in business.
Today workers were cleaning up the area where the fire started. Parts of the roof that were damaged by the flames have already been removed. It's the first activity the Rincon Market has seen in months because, Abbott says, she had been waiting for clearance to do repairs from the landlord's insurance company.
Abbott says she hopes to complete repairs by the beginning of next year, and even open back up in February. She says she can't wait for that day to come.
"It's just been such an amazing blessing, it really has," says Abbott. "Because we will have a beautiful new building, but the downfall of that is waiting for it to get done so I think I'll just be in tears the whole day."
About 60 people were employed at Rincon when it caught fire. Abbott says her insurance company has been paying the employees this entire time even though they haven't been able to report to work.
Anyone interested in following the market's progress can follow the store's Facebook page where Kelly posts updates https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rincon-Market/168272143209469
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