SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB)– It’s been about ten weeks since the gas explosion that rocked downtown Springfield at Scores nightclub. And while much of the landscape of Worthington Street hasn’t changed since then, there is one company that is back in business this week.
Tyre Trak Automotive Center is located just across the street from what used to be Scores Night club. According to Tim Andrew, the President of Tyre Trak Automotive Center, the building took an unbelievable hit.
“Fortunate it didn’t fall down in my opinion, I’m not an engineer but when I first saw the building I questioned whether it was salvageable. It was terrible,” said Andrew.
The repair work has been extensive, all the windows had to be replaced as well as all the garage doors, the store front was entirely redone and then there the internal structure damage to worry about. Thirteen, 35 foot steel joists were replaced by six iron workers, two electricians spent 400 hours on damaged wiring and a new furnace and new AC system were installed. And though they are open, the work isn’t done, signs still need to be re manufactured and installed and they are awaiting a new canopy as well.
Andrew said although the damage was significant he knew he had to reopen the business, “the business is in my blood, I mean this business is my life.” He added,”we’ve built a very loyal and strong customer base. the clientele like the way we do business, they’ve been waiting to come back and god bless them all they’ve all started to come in the door.”
According to Andrew, they were able to open Tyre Trak at least a month earlier than anticipated.