After a fire almost destroyed an Ellington landmark more than a year ago, it is preparing for its grand reopening ceremony Saturday.
A three-alarm blaze gutted Klotter Farms in June 2011. According to investigators, the multi-million dollar fire started on the upper level of the home furniture store and was caused by an electrical problem.
"Obviously, it was a very emotional day, traumatic day," said owner Peter Welti.
The fire sent shock waves through the Ellington community.
"I was going to the grocery store, I came by and the flames - it was just shocking. We don't usually see that out here," said Helen Krieger of Ellington. "It was really sad because they're such a cornerstone here in Ellington."
Immediately after the fire, Welti said he began the process of rebuilding his business. While going through the rebuilding process, the warehouse was turned into a temporary showroom. That portion of the building will remain a showroom and will increase the total retail space of the company to 20,000 square feet.
"It was tremendous to see our team come together," he said.
Kloter Farms had a soft opening about two weeks ago and the official grand opening will be on Saturday, which marks the busiest time of the year.
And the community is happy to have Kloter Farms back.
"The last 14 months, to see what we've been able to achieve - the support from family, friends, the community, customers has just been overwhelming," Welti said.
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