By CBS3 Staff


TOWNSEND, Del. (CBS) — Willey Farms, a longtime Delaware produce market, is back in business after being destroyed by a five-alarm fire last November. The Townsend market reopened its greenhouse and garden center on Friday.

The reopening is part of a long-term plan to rebuild and bring back other goods and services that made Willey Farms a trademark in the community.

“It’s beautiful, we can’t wait for them to open up the rest of it up,” said customer Jim Hamilton. “It’s a beautiful place for winter time, for Christmas, and everything. It’s really nice here.”

Last November, a five-alarm fire gutted the business and turned the 43-year-old market to ashes, destroying most of the garden center, market, deli and gift shop.

“We were just devastated when it happened cause that’s not something that you think you wake up and someone is going to tell you, ‘oh, Willey Farms burned down,'” said Marketing Coordinator Donna Cavender. “We were determined to come back and so that’s what we’ve been doing from day one.”

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There is now new and refurbished space for the colorful greenhouse, along with an area for produce stands.

“I love it, I love it. I just love plants and flowers and vegetables. It’s like its come back alive,” said one customer.

Customers who attended the opening had the chance to sign a banner that was in front of the business.

“It means the world to us. I always say we knew that they liked us but we didn’t know how much,” said Cavender.

Willey Farms is open Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.