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Grocery store to open in tornado-torn town

SMITHVILLE — Ever since a tornado caused widespread destruction in Smithville in April 2011, residents have been waiting for a new grocery store will open.

Town officials told WTVA that an agreement has been reached for the Postell Meat Market to open.

The store will carry groceries, custom meats, and produce.

Owner Donny Postell said the store will be open Monday through Saturday.

Smithville Mayor Gregg Kennedy said the store will greatly add to the recovering area.

“Oh, it’s going to help this town tremendously. Not only inside the city limits, but outside the city limits,” Smith said. “All of north Monroe and south Itawamba County. It’s just going to be a tremendous lift for our area.”

Postell says the store should be open by November.

The north Mississippi town was devastated by the storm, which struck on April 27, 2011.

The tornado killed 16 people. Authorities said 153 homes, four churches, the Town Hall, the police headquarters and 14 of the 15 businesses in the one-square-mile town were destroyed.

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