Greenbrier gun and ammo business returns after fire - WSMV Channel 4

Greenbrier gun and ammo business returns after fire

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GREENBRIER, TN (WSMV) -

It's been nearly a year since a massive fire destroyed popular Greenbrier business Guns and Leather, but the store is back and even bigger than before.

The Oct. 27, 2012, fire quickly spread through the ceiling of the building along Highway 41, but customers helped owner Dennis Williams salvage some inventory.

"We got over $1 million worth of inventory out of the store before the store was engulfed," Williams said.

"I hated that. I was hoping Dennis would rebuild the place. A lot of folks were gonna throw their hands up," said customer James Harp, a retired Robertson County parole officer.

"Some Fortune 500 companies actually came in and offered to buy the property, but I never once considered selling," Williams said. "I enjoy what we do, and we've been successful at it. And I just wasn't about to give that up."

Soon after the store reopened came a rush to buy firearms and ammunition as some were uncertain about changing gun laws.

"Everything was short during that time. All dealers had trouble getting inventory and ammunition," Williams said.

But Williams said his vendors stepped up, sending him a cache of firearms and ammo to help the gun dealer get over the hump.

Now, the customers are back and business is booming.

"You come in, you pick up ammo, any of your firearms needs. It's here. They're like an extended family," said customer Paul Bierod.

It's a family that plans to stick around for a while.

"'Til the good Lord comes back," Williams said.

Investigators later determined an electrical short in the attic sparked the blaze.

To thank the community for all its support, Williams is hosting a Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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