Knoxville — A Wal-Mart spokesperson says that the pharmacy and vision center at the store have reopened, but it may take another week to reopen the entire store.
Dianna Gee with Wal-Mart said these two sections of the store were not impacted by the soot. The Wal-Mart disaster recovery team is working with contractors and the local team to get the store cleaned and ready to reopen.
Gee was unsure whether or not every piece of merchandise at the store would need to be replaced, but she believes that a large percentage of them would require replacement.
There was no physical damage to the building. Only smoke damage occurred. Wal-Mart is cooperating with law enforcement in the investigation. As we've reported, two juveniles are in custody and facing arson charges in relation to this incident.
Gee added that the company is grateful to law enforcement and the fire department for their quick response to the fire. She also praised associate Pat Gorman from Sporting Goods, who used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire initially.
In closing, Gee said the company apologizes to its customers for any inconvenience. The company is working as quickly as possible to reopen.