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Customers pay Rincon Market a visit before its grand opening

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The sweet sound of business is back in Rincon Market.

"We know this place had burned down a while back, so we decided to come out here to join the crowd here see how they fixed it all up," said customer Rick Villegas.

An electrical fire closed the market early last July. Reopening took twice as long as anticipated. Co-owner Kelly Abbott personally greeted customers like Rick Villegas as the day finally arrived Friday.

"It's been a year, so, yes, I kind of do worry. But I really think that it's also, we're going to bring in a new clientele of people. I think because we have had a chance to freshen up, I think that people are going to walk in and see we are not stale," Abbott said.

"I missed it. I missed it a lot," said customer Bari Ross.

She said that over the decades, she has used the market for catering, shopping, and a place to meet.

"I was very excited. I didn't think that they were open until Monday, so when I ran an errand across the street and saw that it was today, my niece and I made other plans and came here to watch," Ross said.

The year-long repair had many wondering if or when Rincon Market would reopen. Friday, customers consider the stained concrete floors to the raised ceilings, the expanded salad bar, and now, beer and wine on tap, as features worth the wait.

"it was a little disappointment because this is a neighborhood store, so, a landmark basically, but now that it's done like this, it's beautiful," Villegas said.

The grand opening is Monday.  Repairs cost about $3.2 million.  Insurance covered about $3 million and the owners covered the rest.

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