Nearly a year after a fire heavily damaged Marabella Pizza on Greenville Boulevard, the restaurant is now back up and running.
Owner Salvatore Passalacqua was glad to see all the customers back Friday. He says, "February we had a big fire and everything was destroyed. So we had to start over again. After eleven months we have reopened and we're happy."
The re-opening also means twelve people have been put back to work in an economy where jobs can be hard to come by.
A new jobs report for the month of December shows jobs added nationally are down to a three year low, however the national unemployment rate still dropped from 7.0 to 6.7 percent.
While the federal numbers may look good on paper, some here in Greenville, like Barbara Tandy, say they're still struggling to find good paying jobs in this tough economy.
Tandy says, "It's been hard for me to find jobs and then it's hard to keep jobs because there's been so many layoffs."
Cheston Edwards says he's looking for work as well. He says, "I'm looking for something that pays weekly or biweekly, or just something to get you by. Just to help. Every little bit helps."
Dr. James Kleckley, Director of Business Research at ECU, says, "We still have an unemployment problem. We're not creating enough jobs. In fact, we don't have December numbers yet for NC but it looks like we will create fewer jobs in 2013 than we did in 2012.
However, in the few days Marabella has been open, they say business has been good and they're looking to fill more positions.