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Tri-City Clothing owners hope to rebuild this year

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -  A local family is hoping to rebuild after a fire destroyed their longtime business.

Tri-City Clothing burned down in early December. The store was in the 700 block of Logan in Waterloo.

The building is a complete loss.

KWWL spoke to the owners about their future plans.

"We're doing pretty good," says Renee Carson.

But she hasn't been back to the old storefront much.

"It's just a big pile of rubbish," she says.

Various clothing items are still scattered among wood and bricks.

"Some things are replaceable, some are not."

Like the memories, she says.

"Still for me...its still kind of hard. I don't want to cry anymore, hopefully I don't cry anymore. But its still kind of hard."

Renee and Harry Carson have been in business for more than three decades.

Their absence is a loss for the community.

"People young and older. He did a good thing for the community. He served the community well," says former shopper Ricky Bradfield.

A benefit is planned to help the family, and Carson is grateful.

"Its more than just a fire and rebuilding. Its about bringing people together. Its about unity," she says.

The benefit will take place on January 4th at the Gift of Life Church in Waterloo.

Carson says there will be a variety of choir services.  

There's also a fund set up at Veridian for Tri-City, under the "Tri-City Benefit Fund."

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