Firefly and Dillards are Open For Biz


Another two businesses in Bay County that were affected by Hurricane Michael have opened back up for normal business hours after finishing remodeling.

In this weeks Open For Biz, sponsored by GED Lawyers. Chris Marchand focus’ on Firefly restaurant and Dillards.

Hurricane Michael did a number on restaurants all over Bay County and slowly but surely restaurants that were damaged by Michael are re-opening their doors.

Now, a fine dining restaurant in Panama City Beach has joined the ranks of Open For Biz.

Firefly restaurant in the Edgewater shopping center had part of its roof peeled away by Michael exposing part of the restaurant to the elements. Now, the restraint looks brand new.

As of Monday, April 1st, Firefly opened their doors so it’s patrons can once again enjoy some fine ding cuisine.

Firefly owner, Dave Trepanier said one of the biggest challenges they faced getting back open was staffing,

“yeah absolutely we lost about a 45% of our staff obviously fortunately 55% to 60% did decide to came back as to make a little easier just transitioning and training new folks obviously labors a problem this whole town and was before the storm as well storm so”.

Firefly is open seven days a week from 5:00 p.m. To 10:00 p.m.

Back in town. One of the largest department stores in the panhandle is back open and has completed their renovations.

Dillards department store, which is located in the old mall location, opened a couple of days after the storm, but were on restricted hours and had part of the store under construction as they repaired damaged sustained in the storm. Now the entire store is open and they are back on regular hours. Opening at ten every morning except Sundays when they open at noon.

If you are in one of the counties affected by Michael and you are getting a business back up and running or have plans to open in the future. Please let us know.

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