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Owner says what's left of Jellybean's will probably have to be demolished, likely won't build again

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GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP (WJRT) - (05/08/14) - The owner of a Grand Blanc Township business, struck by lightning that then sparked a fire, said the building will probably have to be demolished.

Ron Samek said Jellybean's has been at that corner, on Fenton Road, for at least 30 years.

It's boarded up now, with burned books scattered all around it.        

"All of the merchandise in the store takes decades to accumulate because a lot of it is collectible," he said. "Books, music, video. All fun. All entertainment."

Not much is left of the long-standing business.

Samek said there very likely won't be another Jellybean's going back in there.

"I'm going to be 70 years old this year. It's a little hard to want to start opening stuff up again. A lot of my children have come and gone through the business," he said, holding back tears. "Some of my kids, this is like losing a family member. My daughter is going to be the hardest one hit with this because she loved working here and she loved her customers and they loved her."

Samek said she was working Wednesday night, but had closed up and thankfully, had left before the fast moving storm moved in.

"It was a massive lightning strike. Some of the neighbors say they saw it hit. Literally, the lightning created a giant explosion inside when it hit," he said.

Crews had a hard time fighting the fire because of the wind and weather. It spread fast.

Customer Deby Nitz had to come see for herself, Thursday.

"I heard about it," she said. "My sister told me about it on the phone."

Samek had the building secured and says the fire department was told to hold off on clearing what's scattered around it, at least for a few days.

He wants customers who have credit slips to know they'll make good on them.

"I don't want them to feel as if they're holding the bag. They can come out to our Owosso store, if they're willing to make the drive. They can use that credit there anytime they want to."

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