PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) – The owners of Moran's Market on Forest Avenue in Portland are holding a fundraiser to help rebuild their store after a fire tore through it a week and a half ago.
This is the market's 60th year in business and despite the fire, the family that owns the store wants to celebrate by making it better than it was before.
To help fund reconstruction costs that won’t be covered by insurance, the store is hosting a fundraiser Saturday afternoon.
Staff will be selling t-shirts in the Moran’s parking lot from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
A former employee made the shirts after hearing about the fire and spread word to other former workers who wanted to give back.
“Beyond being my first job, I also grew up in this neighborhood,” said Kate Nicholson. “I remember coming here, riding my bike when I was 6 years or younger, getting a slushie and it's just part of my neighborhood staple growing up."
Right now, there are roughly 15 employees out of work and a half dozen people who can't live in apartments above the store because of the fire.
Staff will also be taking suggestions from the community on how to make the store better than it was before.
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