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Customers rejoice as Waverly Cash Saver reopens after deadly flash floods


The Cash Saver market in Waverly reopens after being damaged by flooding on Aug. 21, 2021.
The Cash Saver market in Waverly reopens after being damaged by flooding on Aug. 21, 2021.(WSMV)
Updated: Dec. 15, 2021 at 6:49 PM CST
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WAVERLY, Tenn. (WSMV) - Following the deadly flooding in August, the only neighborhood grocery store in Waverly reopened on Wednesday.

For the people of Waverly, Wednesday was a long-awaited day. When flash floods hit the city back in August, the only neighborhood grocery store was one of the places damaged.

Fortunately, Wednesday’s line outside the Waverly Cash Saver shows how much customers missed the store.

“There’s no place like Cash Saver, I kid you not, anywhere,” Debi Shew said.

“We just don’t like Walmart, I’m sorry,” Karen Sneed, waiting outside for the doors to open, said.

After four long months, Waverly Cash Saver customers want their food.

“Some real milk, not that fake Great Value stuff,” Shew said.

“That’s it. We love our meats,” Sneed said. “They have the best.”

Cash Saver co-owner John Curtis helped rebuild the store, one of many flooded over the summer.

“I mean my best friend here. She lost everything in that flood,” Sneed said. “And she’s been here for me. And this is also for us. It’s Christmas, and our store is back open.”

The grand reopening isn’t only about food. For Curtis, it’s about relationships.

“Today, it has been 115 days since the flood,” Curtis said. “There were hundreds of homes that were lost in this community. There are hundreds of families that are displaced in this community. We have 20 community members that have lost their lives, families that have lost loved ones, and that’s what it’s really about.”

Waverly Cash Saver is trying to make it right in a year where so much went wrong. They say their goal was to be open by Christmas Day.

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