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Gristedes pharmacy reopens after fire

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The Word is that the Almighty created the heavens and the earth in six days — but an even greater miracle has occurred on Henry Street: the pharmacy at the Gristedes supermarket re-opened just three days after an electrical fire almost completely destroyed the store.

Makeshift shelving holds drinks and some staples — pasta, crackers and energy bars — from the supermarket, which is now separated from the pharmacy by a thin plastic curtain that failed to muffle the sounds of the reconstruction already underway.

“It was important for us to get some part of the store reopened,” said one employee, who didn’t want his name used. “A lot of people around here depend on us, so we want to work as hard as we can for them until the store is back on its feet.”

The April 1 blaze started in the deli department and caused an estimated $5 million in damage. It is unclear when the rest of the store will re-open, but then again, but miracles never cease.

Updated 5:06 pm, July 9, 2018
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