Jacksonville Belk reopens following Hurricane Florence

JACKSONVILLE, NC (WITN) - A department store that's been closed since Hurricane Florence is back open for business.

Belk at the Jacksonville Mall opened with a ribbon cutting at 10:00 Wednesday morning.

The department store was forced to close seven months ago after it was badly damaged during Hurricane Florence.

Belk has donated more than $90,000 in hurricane relief efforts with some of that money going directly to employees whose homes and belongings were destroyed in the storm.

Employees were welcomed back during a special luncheon at the store on Tuesday.

Belk will also have a community celebration on Saturday. During that event, executives with Belk will be give a $40-thousand donation to the non-profit organization Hope for the Warriors.

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Employees at the Belk in Jacksonville were welcomed back to their newly renovated store with a special luncheon, after being away for more than 6 months due to Hurricane Florence damage.

The 72 employees at the Jacksonville Belk store were shown a little love as they get set for the grand re-opening of the store on Wednesday.

Along with their lunch, the store associates were also given a bag with $300 in gift cards.

Store Managers say this was their way of giving back to their employees, many of whom have been commuting to different Belk stores while theirs was under construction.

"Being able to give our employees that gift and see the smile on their faces just warms my heart, i know they appreciate it because they've been through so much so it felt so good to be able to give back to them," said Store Manager Crystal Frazier.

Belk will have an official ribbon cutting and grand re-opening Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Belk will also have a community celebration on Saturday. During that event, executives with Belk will be give a $40-thousand donation to the non-profit organization Hope for the Warriors.