Damaged bike shop reopens two months after Harrisonburg explosion

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – More than two months after an explosion that leveled a strip mall in Harrisonburg and damaged other nearby homes and stores, Bluestone Bike and Run has reopened.

A few days after the explosion, WHSV checked in with store manager Erik Jensen who said that even though the explosion happened across the street, the blast and debris caused so much damage to their store.

Then Jensen said it would take weeks for the store to complete repairs and inventory unsellable goods, such as new bicycle helmets that absorbed the impact of the blast.

“We had to get a new ceiling, new structural elements that you can’t really see, hidden elements, as well as clean all the product, get new product for what was damaged and put everything back here. “, Jensen said.

Some things were still beyond repair, like the truck the store used to take customers on guided walks. Jensen said the insurance company concluded the truck was a total loss.

With new windows and a new floor, the store was finally able to reopen and welcome customers on Friday.

“I’m really excited to be back to a somewhat normal life,” Jensen said. “We had a few customers who came today. Some people came to pick up bikes we were working on, so we’re really excited to be back here.

The shop operates under new hours from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Due to COVID-19, the store only allows 10 people at a time and curbside pickup is still available.

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