by Lisa Tome
One by one the stores in North East Plaza have risen from the ashes.
Cecil Bank, the plaza liquor store, Olympia Sports, and Game Stop are among the stores that have reopened following a devastating fire in the plaza on October 3, 2013.
On that date, a three-alarm fire and smoke damaged Frank's Pizza, Game Stop, North East Liquors, Cecil Bank, Images Salon, Little Ceasars, Olympia Sports, and Rite Aid in the shopping center.
Estimates in the wake of that fire had damage at $10 million. A team of Deputy State Fire Marshals along with Special Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have been investigating the cause of the fire which originated at Frank's Pizza.
Deputy State Fire Marshal Howard Ewing said last week that the investigation is completed and no cause has been determined for the fire which originated at Frank's Pizza. That shop remains under construction and according to owner Carlos LaFosse the store will open within a few months.
"We are very excited that Frank's Pizza will be reopening in the Spring of 2015. Unfortunately, we are unsure of an exact date at this time. As you are aware, Frank's Pizza has been a longstanding business within the community of Cecil County and has therefore established a strong bond with many of the families that reside here. Apart from the devastation of the fire itself, the loss of the connection that existed with our customers was also hard to accept. Though we have been able to connect with our customers through facebook and our website, we are overjoyed by the many blessings that have afforded us the opportunity to restore Frank's Pizza to the community and allow us to once again connect and serve our customers on a personal basis. We are also happy to report that some, if not all, of our staff will be returning to our employment," said LaFosse.
The Rite Aid drug store will not reopen.