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St. Johnsbury mall completely reopened after flooding

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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. -

The last store affected by a massive flood at the Green Mountain Mall in St. Johnsbury has reopened.

In February, a burst water pipe under the building knocked the mall out of commission for several weeks. But one by one, the stores slowly started to reopen. The most recent was Sears, which actually decided to expand.

Local businesses say the flood, while devastating in the short term, was a shot in the arm for the mall with many stores, like coming back better than before.

"We did decide to expand. So we had to go back through. We have all new paint on the walls, we have new flooring, new cash wraps, and then we had to unwrap and restock the whole store, so it took much longer," said Renee Baxter of Sears.

The NEK Chamber of Commerce says that at least one new business-- a gym-- is scheduled to open. Another small brewery is also considering setting up shop.

Yankee Candle is the only store that is not coming back.

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