Port City Java Flagship Store Re-opens

WILMINGTON -- The Port City Java flagship store on Market Street is back to brewing, after closing for more than a year because of a devastating fire.

The store was rebuilt after a car ran into a gas line in September 2005, leading to an explosion and fire.

Port City Java is now an international operation, but the re-opening of the flagship store means something special to the company.

"It's directly in front of our corporate headquarters and we're absolutely thrilled to have the store open and running again," Steven Schmitzley said. "It took us 53 weeks to the day to get the store rebuilt and operational again."

Steel poles now protect the shop from another similar accident.

Reported by Kim Gebbia