On Monday, store management at the Walmart in Geneva announced on Facebook that the store was officially, 100% open for business.
Most portions of the store had been opened by last week, but Monday marked the first time that shoppers could go into the store, and shop the location in it’s entirety since a fire in January.
That fire was ruled an arson, and a juvenile was charged. That individual, while not identified, is moving through the Family Court system, according to an update in January from the Sheriff’s Office.
Store officials did caution that some items may not be 100% stocked. “Keep in mind there may still be limited in stock in some areas. We would like to thank all our customers and community for your patience and understanding,” management said in a Facebook post.
The fire and subsequent closure of the Geneva Walmart exposed a food access problem for city residents, and even rural communities in general – who rely on one, or two grocery stores.
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