Summitt Piano reopens at new location on Hixson Pike after fire
The owner of Chattanooga's oldest piano and organ retailer reopened his doors Monday at a new location.
The business was nearly lost during a large fire on Lee Highway in January 2018.
Summitt Piano Owner Ted Summitt said it's been tough since losing their last location to a large fire.
At times, the business was working out of a warehouse to stay afloat.
Monday, that dedication and patience paid off when they reopened.
The faint sound of a piano filled the showroom at Summitt Piano for the first time in nearly a year and a half.
"We did have insurance. We had lost income and that helped us through last year. But that was only a year and we're four months into the new year now, almost five," Summitt said.
After 31 years, a fire ravaged their old location on Lee Highway.
Investigators ruled the fire was set on purpose but they still don't know who started the fire or why.
The owners of the building on Lee Highway have since rebuilt.
"When they got a new building, of course the rent went up a bit and we felt like it was a right move to purchase a building for ourselves," Summitt added.
Summitt opened the doors to their new location on Hixson Pike for the first time Monday, bringing a new beginning for a business that has served as a staple in the local music industry for decades.
"We think it's a convenient location to downtown. We kind of think of it as music row. We're in between Giant Steps and Mountain Music here," he said.
Summitt said there are still some renovations to complete.
He said they will have an official grand opening over the summer.
General Appliance Warehouse, the other business lost to the fire, is listed permanently closed online.
It's unclear if they will reopen.
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