Collyer’s Sales and Service will be reopen for business on Monday at Custom Auto and Truck Accessories on Rosser Avenue.
Owner Ken Collyer said he and Custom Auto will share the facility, giving him enough space to start ordering equipment and look after his customers.
"We’re getting through it," Collyer said. "It’s not easy, but we’re getting through it."
Collyer’s Sales and Service burned down at its Pacific Avenue location over the May long weekend after a fire destroyed it and two other buildings, including Christie’s Office Plus and a former nightclub on Rosser Avenue.
Two other businesses housed in the same building as Collyer’s — Kazic Kontracting and the Brandon Boxing Club — also burned down.
Ken Nerbas, owner of Custom Auto and Truck Accessories, said he has known Collyer for many years and wanted to do what he could to help after the fire last month.
"We’re going to make it work for the time being," he said.
The plan is to stay open during Custom’s regular business hours from Monday to Friday and possibly on Saturdays once Collyer’s is settled in, Nerbas said.
Collyer was working when the fire started at Christie’s on May 19. Emergency personnel were able to pull some items from the building, but the majority of what Collyer had stored in the upstairs portion of his business was destroyed.
Speaking to The Brandon Sun about two weeks ago, Collyer said he was roughly 90 per cent certain his family’s 40-year-old business would reopen at some point in the near future.
For now, Collyer said he is dealing with his insurance company and figuring out what he can salvage from the basement floor of his business.
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