Freed's Floors opens 6 months after fire

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A local furniture and flooring store is back on its feet after a fire last July.

Rapid City business owners and community members cut the ribbon to the new Freed’s Floors store on Haines Avenue on Tuesday.

In July, Freed's Fine Furnishings was considered a total loss after the store caught fire. Owners then scrambled to save their business and their workers. 

After six months of work, they have finally set up shop in the former Office Max building next to Shopko. By keeping their business in Rapid City, the store saved more than 100 local jobs.

According to Freed’s Floors Co-Owner Erin Krueger, staying in Rapid City is paramount to the business.

“We have been in business in this community since 1968, so 50 years,” said Krueger. “It's my family's business. It's always important for us to keep that going for multiple generations. We have a lot of staff that's been with us for 20, 25 years and we just want to make sure we're here for the next 50 years to be sure to continue to serve the Rapid City community.”

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