On Friday, a Sanford Hardee's restaurant that was severely damaged by the April 16 tornadoes in North Carolina will reopen to the public.
The building at 3002 S. Horner Blvd. in the Southside Plaza shopping center sustained severe damage. The tornado blew out all of the restaurant's windows and ruined the air conditioning units attached to the roof. The store is directly across the street from the Lowe's Home Improvement store that was nearly demolished in the storm and sits between the Lowe's and other businesses like Big Lots and Tractor Supply Co. that sustained the heaviest damage.
Boddie-Noell Enterprises, the Rocky Mount-based Hardee's franchisee for the area, has had crews working around the clock since the day after the tornado to repair the damage and reopen the store.
“We want the community and our customers to know that we stand with them as many people and businesses are still hurting,” said Mike Boddie, president of Boddie-Noell’s restaurant division.
The restaurant will reopen at 11 a.m. on Friday. Boddie-Noell will donate 10 percent of the store's sales through May 15 to the Red Cross.