Debra Cox, manager of Movieland Video, 111. W. National Ave., holds the door to let customers know that they are once again open. The business opened Wednesday. The building was damaged in connection with the fire that destroyed the Arketex building.
By LINDA MESSMER
Movieland Video is open for business. The store closed Sept. 11, 2002, when its adjoining neighbor, the old Arketex Building, caught fire in the early morning hours.
The video store sustained water damage to the carpet and some warping of the roof from heat.
"Most of the damage to the structure however, was done by the demolition of the other building," said Debbie Cox, manager of Movieland Video. "And throughout the process of moving and storing, we lost close to $80,000 worth of inventory"
According to Cox the Movieland business is owned by Robert and Marline Morehouse of Mooresville. The former store building at 7 W. National Ave. was owned by Shuee and Sons.
Movieland Video was put on hold while Shuee's decided whether or not to remodel the building. Morehouse started looking for another location in February when notified that Shuee did not want to make repairs. The building was later sold.
Morehouse leased the current location at 111 W. National Ave. in March and cleaning and set up was started. The building was used previously as Leifheit's Men's Clothing Store.
Cox said all three former employees have returned to Movieland. Besides herself, Cortney Cooksey and Sam Windham are looking forward to seeing their old customers and friends.
Movieland Video rents videos, DVDs and all of the newer video games. They sell video attachments and paraphernalia and a small selection of videos.
The store is open Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-midnight and Sunday noon to 10 p.m.
"I'm just glad to be reopened," Cox said. I can't wait to see my old customers. To everyone I saw at the store and ball park and up town who asked when we're going to reopen, we're here! We are open!"