Pinantan store destroyed by fire ready to reopen

The new General Store in Pinantan
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PINANTAN LAKE - The Pinantan General Store burned to the ground just over a year ago, now the family who owns it has rebuilt it and plans to host a grand opening celebration early next month. 

"The store is totally different. It’s quite beautiful. I'm proud of it," co-owner Stacey George says. 

The location is the only small grocer in the hamlet outside of Kamloops and after the April 2014 fire locals had to travel to Kamloops for supplies.

"People managed and I think everyone’s happy to have it back. We’ve got positive feedback from everyone," George says. 

George and her husband opened the store last week but plan to celebrate June 7 with a barbecue from 12 - 4. All proceeds from the event will go towards the Donovan family, whose five-year-old daughter Samantha is undergoing cancer treatment in B.C. Children's Hospital. 

Cory George after the store burned down in 2014.
Cory George after the store burned down in 2014.

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