Refrigeration Supply Co, Others Back After Recovering from Disaster After Disaster

COLUMBUS, MS – Courtesy of The Dispatch

Early in the wee hours Of November 4th last year, Refrigeration Supply Co (RSC) owner Dennis Jones was awakened by a call from his alarm company; he went to check out his store on Tuscaloosa Road, only to find that a car had crashed through the front glass window and then caught fire, setting the whole place ablaze: “The window was broken because there was a car inside the building on top of the counter,” said Brooks Jones, store manager and son to Dennis.

They re-opened shop on Conway Drive the very next day; a few months after that, they moved what they had hoped would be the business’ new permanent home on Gardner Blvd. Unfortunately, misfortune followed them there, as that was the day an EF-3 tornado tore through town, leveling their warehouse and damaging their offices on both Gardner and on Conway.

Not to be deterred, they rebuilt again and now have the company “back to normal,” according to Brooks. It is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m. “It was just stressful for everyone, especially my dad,” Brooks said. “It’s a relief that it’s finally starting to settle. . . I want to make sure that (our customers) know we couldn’t have done it without them.”

Brooks’ sister, Brittany Coover, took damage as well, shutting down BJ’s Dog Grooming; it has also recovered and is back in business.

Also in Columbus, Ceco Building Systems has completed its move to its new location at 1211 Highway 45 N. They make materials for pre-fabricated buildings. They will be holding a grand opening on May 21 at 11AM; it is open to the public.

Cook Out on 18th looks like they’ll be opening soon; while no official grand opening date has yet been announced, the only major obstacle appears to be finishing the parking lot. They are located at 503 18th Ave N on Columbus, and are known for the burgers and milkshakes.

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