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Mixed feelings on supermarket reopening after mass shooting

Written by Craig Rhodes and The Associated Press | Jul 9, 2017 8:52 AM
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The exterior of the Weis Markets Inc. store in Tunhannock, Pennsylvania, is seen in this July 6, 2017 photo. Weis is planning to reopen this week, more than a month after a gunman killed three co-workers inside the store before killing himself.

(Tunkhannock, PA) -- Extensive repairs and a thorough cleaning have removed the physical traces of a mass shooting inside a Wyoming County supermarket. 

But it'll take more than a makeover to erase shoppers' memories of what happened in the aisles of their favorite food store.

The Weis store in rural Tunkhannock is scheduled to reopen this Thursday, more than a month after it was turned into a murder scene by a gunman who'd expressed violent and suicidal thoughts online.

24-year old Randy Stair, an employee of the store, brought two shotguns to work on June 8th and opened fire, killing three co-workers and then himself.

The regional supermarket chain is planning a low-key reopening of the store, with no ceremony.

But residents are still talking about it, and opinions are divided over whether the supermarket should have been torn down.

The family of at least one victim wants it gone, saying the building holds too many painful memories.

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