Zup's open for business again in Cook

Updated: May 20, 2020 05:40 PM

On a cold night the week before Thanksgiving in 2018, Zup's in Cook suffered a major fire. 


18 months later, on a warm summer-like day, they welcomed back their customers. And those people were so happy.

"Oh my God, it's better than I thought it would be. It looks beautiful, clean, I'm super excited," shared Carol Carlson. She lives north of Cook, and has had to drive to Virginia for groceries.

Another shopper, Laurie Chilcote, added, "I think it's fabulous. Such a striking addition to the city. The people who work here are our neighbors and our friends."

The Zupancich family is happy to have people visit again. 

"People are excited to see eachother. They haven't seen us for 18 months," said Matt Zupancich, store manager. 

Calls have been coming in for weeks. The phones went in on Tuesday, and Jim Zupancich said they got 40 calls, with people asking when are you opening. He added, "We are really pleased. It's been really busy this morning, the community came out today." 

The Cook Fire Department was grilling hot dogs and serving root beer out front. A full circle moment, since they were there the night of the fire.

"The opening is a real shot in the arm for the whole community," shared Mike Boone, a firefighter. The cookout was a fundraiser for their department, and Zup's provided the food.

It's one of those things that happens in a small town.

The plan is to do a grand opening event in June.

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