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San Francisco Store Seeks Help to Reopen

Progress Hardware, San Francisco, Ca., was forced to close following a devastating Aug. 7 fire—and the owners have turned to the local community to help get their 75-year-old business back on its feet.

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Progress Hardware, San Francisco, Ca., was forced to close following a devastating Aug. 7 fire—and the owners have turned to the local community to help get their 75-year-old business back on its feet.

Insurance will help with rebuilding, but donations—through a GoFundMe campaign—are needed to help replace the destroyed merchandise and other property inside.

“The fire quickly engulfed the premises, causing extensive damage to the property, equipment, inventory and infrastructure,” explained Randy Blair, who owns the store with his father, Joe Blair. “While the flames have been extinguished, the aftermath of this catastrophic event has left my business in ruins.”

The Blairs affixed posters to the store’s board-up entrance, directing customers to GoFundMe. “Luckily,” Randy told the San Francisco Standard, “there have been donations. It’s a great thing and shows that the community cares.”

Two weeks into the campaign, Progress Hardware had already raised $42,744 of its $50,000 goal.

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