Reopening date fuzzy for Monroeville liquor store damaged by old mine collapse
The owner of a strip mall that collapsed into an abandoned mine late last year said construction on a liquor store damaged in the collapse is expected to wrap by the end of June.
“It should be done within 30 days,” said Craig Cozza, owner of the shopping plaza that includes a Five Guys restaurant, a dental practice and the state-run Fine Wine and Good Spirits store on Northern Pike in Monroeville.
But that doesn't mean the store will reopen then. Determining an opening date is up to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.
“It is difficult to estimate when we might reopen this store. The PLCB will not restock and reopen the store until an independent engineer inspects the building and determines it is safe,” said Shawn Kelly, an LCB spokesman.
The temporary store's hours in the Jonnet Plaza Shopping Center are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Shoppers have been redirected there since late March.
The shopping plaza closed temporarily when Monroeville officials deemed it to be unsafe in early December. The businesses were cleared to reopen by Dec. 16 but the state launched an emergency project to stabilize the ground under the building by filling the unstable mine with cement. That project was finished in January, Cozza said.
In all, Cozza said the store's facelift cost about $500,000. The work includes new flooring, windows and new interior finishes, he said. The mine stabilization project was covered by mine subsidence insurance, Cozza said.
“Mine subsidence is for real,” Cozza said. “If you have mines under your house ... that's a lesson learned. Make sure you get insurance.”
Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2325, firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter @dillonswriting.