76.7 F
Charlotte Amalie
Tuesday, March 28, 2023
HomeNewsLocal newsFruit Bowl and Others Approved for Saturday Opening

Fruit Bowl and Others Approved for Saturday Opening

The Fruit Bowl announced Friday on Facebook it will reopen at 8 a.m. Saturday. (Photo from Fruit Bowl's Facebook page)
The Fruit Bowl announced Friday on Facebook it will reopen at 8 a.m. Saturday. (Photo from Fruit Bowl’s Facebook page)

V.I. Fire Director Daryl George said he has given permission for businesses undamaged in Wednesday’s fire at the Wheatley Shopping Center to reopen Saturday after approving barricades erected to prevent access to the burned out stores.

The Fruit Bowl announced on its Facebook page that it will open at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Access to the parking lot at Wheatley Center was blocked Friday as worked finished the cleaning up from the Wednesday night fire that gutted four bays on the eastern side of the lower Wheatley Center complex on St. Thomas.

The fire, which defied containment for hours and then smoldered well into Thursday afternoon, has been quelled, but Fruit Bowl owner Marty Goldberg said the Fire Department wanted Wheatley management to erect the wooden barricades.

“They are out there now working on it,” he said when reached at the store late Friday afternoon.

Goldberg said his shelves were stocked from a shipment Wednesday – the day of the fire — and as usual another shipment would arrive Sunday and then again Wednesday.

He told the Source Thursday the store had no smoke damage and the generator had kicked on and stayed on while the power was shut off during the fire.

Print Friendly, PDF & Email
Keeping our community informed is our top priority.
If you have a news tip to share, please call or text us at 340-228-8784.

Support local + independent journalism in the U.S. Virgin Islands

Unlike many news organizations, we haven't put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as accessible as we can. Our independent journalism costs time, money and hard work to keep you informed, but we do it because we believe that it matters. We know that informed communities are empowered ones. If you appreciate our reporting and want to help make our future more secure, please consider donating.