Tornado Recovery: Some businesses in Beavercreek finally reopen

Tornado Recovery: Some businesses in Beavercreek finally reopen
Aldi opened a new location in Beavercreek late last year. CONTRIBUTED

BEAVERCREEK — It’s been 2½ months since 15 tornadoes ripped through part of the Miami Valley.

News Center 7’s Monica Castro reports that now some businesses in Beavercreek are finally starting to reopen.

The Aldi the grocery store was destroyed during the storms had hundreds of customers waiting outside Thursday for its grand reopening.

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“We’re really excited that we don’t have to drive so far. The people are really great, too,” Amanda Vloss of Beavercreek said.

Many people visiting Aldi said for months they’ve had to get groceries elsewhere.

“We’ve been going to the one in Huber Heights, which we love, but we’re so thankful this one is open again,” she said.

Aldi even took time to do some remodeling when they rebuilt the store.

“It’s laid out a little different than before so it’s going to be good with produce all up in the front,” Vloss said.

As one store celebrates a reopening, others are still struggling to repair tornado damage. The business next door has heavy damage, siding missing and boarded up windows or doors, though some are showing signs of work behind locked doors.

Hobby Lobby posted on Facebook its goal is to have doors back open by the end of September.

Aqua Tots said it could be the end of the year before it is back up and running.

Club Pilates has plans to reopen Aug. 24.

"I think people will decide to open back up again and try to get things back to normal as much as they can," Debra Bierley said.

Also celebrating being back open, Salon Lofts reopened for business on Tuesday.