FAYETTEVILLE, TN (WAFF) - Sir's Fabrics burned to the ground in February after decades of being a staple in the Fayetteville community. Fast forward to now: all that's really left in the lot is dirt and rubble. Locals say that empty lot right off the downtown square is a daily reminder of "what was."
Sheila Archer owns and operates Java Road Cafe, just off the square in Fayetteville. She says the last couple of months have been tough on everyone.
"It's been a traumatic experience for our entire community," she said.
An inspector was walking around the lot on April 23, but no word on what they were there for.
"I'd love to see Sir's reopen. It adds to the diversity of our square. It's a staple. I can remember going in with my grandmother, my mother, my sister took classes there. It was great," Archer said.
Many others on the Fayetteville square felt the same way and had their own similar stories. Archer said Sir's had a reputation with a wide reach. Several people said they can't imagine the pain the family is going through, but that their thoughts are with them.
"Whatever happens, I hope what goes in stays with the character of our square and our community," she said. "The historical architecture, that sort of thing. I think that's what makes Fayetteville special…or one of the things at least."
WAFF 48 News has left messages concerning the lot with the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce and City Hall. We're still waiting to hear back from both.
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