Kilmarnock businesses rebounding following April fire

Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

KILMARNOCK—Six months after a fire destroyed a block of businesses and apartments on Irvington Road, two of the five displaced businesses have found new homes in Kilmarnock. A third is hoping to reopen with a new name and new concept in December.

Mazie Gordon Wilson had operated her business, The Jeanery, for 26 years in its former location on Irvington Road when an April 19 fire left her wondering where to go or even if she should reopen.

“From April to August, I was in limbo,” said Wilson, who was able to hold pop-up purchase events at another business for customers who’d pre-ordered prom and wedding attire.

“I had given myself a time frame to be in business [again],” said Wilson. “At my age, I questioned, did I even want to reopen or do something else, but I knew there was a need [for my business].”

After an extensive “new location” search with her son-in-law and the help of Kilmarnock economic development coordinator Sharon Phillips, Wilson reopened The Jeanery August 19 at 406 North Main Street, Kilmarnock, in the Lancaster Square Shopping Center.

The new store offers more space and more visibility….

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