Hardware store back in business after repair work
A month after a tornado ripped the roof off of his store and rains destroyed $35,000 worth of merchandise, Don Pelzl is back in business.
It felt good Thursday to reopen the doors of Pelzl True Value, he said.
"It's nice to be back in operation," Pelzl said.
Pelzl said his storm damage totaled about $120,000, but said that amount could vary when everything is accounted for.
The storm claimed Pelzl's roof, ruined linoleum on the west half of the store and destroyed ceiling tiles.
Merchandise that was damaged was taken to another location where the insurance company will salvage it, Pelzl said.
Pelzl said his insurance also covered financial damage from lost business.
"We shouldn't have too much out-of-pocket expenses except our deductible and things that we've missed," he said.
When the May 11 storm struck, Pelzl and his wife, Jeanene, were attending a retirement party for her in Kansas City, Kan. They arrived at their Tonganoxie store soon after the storm, first finding that the car he'd left parked behind the building was obscured by his former roof, strewn by the tornado across the block.
The building had no electricity.
"I came in and got a flashlight and put some batteries in and went back to my office and looked at our insurance policy," Pelzl said.
The Pelzls purchased the business 20 years ago, and 10 years ago added a pitched roof, which the tornado carried away last month.
"We went back to a flat roof this time," Pelzl said, then chuckled. "It's not so likely to break off, maybe."