Darren Doyle, story:
The Cee Bee Food Store in Brownsville completed a remodeling effort this week after a lengthy process resulting from a car crash nearly two years ago.
Owners Jeff and Cindy Rich said the new look includes new signage, stone columns, and a new face at the top of the building, which had basically remained unchanged since the store was built in 1985.
Cindy Rich said although the car crash occurred in November of 2018, delays with insurance prolonged the process and the full scale work didn't begin until May of this year. The store was fully operational, but with temporary repairs.
"After repairing the damage we realized how great the need was to update the rest of the building," she said. The building is more than 30 years old. Even though it is structurally it is sound, we felt like it lacked curb appeal."
A driver crashed her car into the storefront on November 8, 2018. Miraculously, there were no injuries, but the front of the store was demolished. Emergency workers guessed that the driver had accidentally hit the gas pedal instead of the brakes. The store immediately cleaned up the mess, made a temporary fix, and business continued as usual; now, the remodel is complete with a whole new look.
One noticeable difference is that the Cee Bee "bee" is no longer part of the look.
"We wanted to incorporate the bee in there somewhere, but we just couldn't make it work," Rich said.
"We love our town, we love our customers, and we hope the work we've done is something that shows pride in our community."