WILKES-BARRE TWP. — A local company is helping one store get back on its feet after Wednesday night’s tornado.
First General Services of NEPA, based in Wilkes-Barre, has been contracted to clean up Men’s Wearhouse, one of the 23 stores that remain closed due to damage.
Crews arrived at 8:45 a.m. Saturday to begin what looks to be a week-long cleanup process.
The good news: Men’s Wearhouse was left in much better shape than some other businesses.
However, there’s still a lot of work to be done before it could welcome customers again.
“Despite the minimal roof damage as compared to other businesses, Men’s Wearhouse is pretty lucky,” said First General Services general manager Ellen Yuscavage. “But nonetheless, it’s pretty devastating.”
There is a drastic difference in the appearance of the Arena Hub Plaza post-tornado. Damaged businesses have cordoned off certain areas for the safety of the public. Some businesses have gone as far to hire security teams to protect stores from possible looters despite a heavy police presence.
“I know we are here doing a job but it’s hard not to get emotional,” Yuscavage said. “These businesses are part of people’s livelihoods. It’s just sad seeing what has happened and people unemployed.”
In Yuscavage’s professional opinion, she doesn’t see Men’s Wearhouse opening anytime soon.
“A lot of things need to be cleaned up, utilities have to be turned on and employees need to be able to return to work,” Yuscavage said.
First General Services is one of many cleanup crews both national and local trying to get things back to normal at the Arena Hub Plaza and surrounding stores.
“I’m glad that we (First General Services) were selected for the cleanup,” Yuscavage said. “It’s nice to see a local presence as opposed to some national crews doing the cleanup.”