ROME, N.Y - Just days after a fire destroyed Peterson Exotic Pets in Rome, the owners set up shop just a few yards from where the old building was. The Images of the fire, engraved in their memory.
"Watching that building go was like watching my father die all over again," said son of owner Angelo Peterson.
Sunday afternoon, Angelo and a few workers started restocking shelves in their new location, hoping to restart a 49 year old business.
The items that they had were all that they had left in storage, the rest lost in the fire.
"We're just setting up shop again, we are starting basically from the bottom up. We're going to start doing some animals next week, we got our crickets back in. That was a big concern for us, because there's a lot of people that have animals out there that are hungry, and the owners don't necessarily carry crickets, mice, rodents, so we are just starting little by little," said Peterson.
The Petersons also said that the out poor of support from the community is overwhelming. Angelo said that people have been coming by the location showing their support.
Angelo tells me that the store's new location will likely be where they will stay for a while. The owners want to rebuild, but first they have to figure out what they want to do with the current lot.
The address for the new building is 315 North James St (Right next to the old building). They are keeping their former store hours Monday-Saturday 9am-5pm.