A local business that had been closed for more than a year after being heavily damaged in a fire has reopened its doors to the general public.
Fast Fleet Oil and Lube, owned by Nueces County Drainage District No. 2 chairman Sam Santos and his brother, Ben, was the scene of a grand reopening celebration on Saturday.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was also held, with Precinct 2 Nueces County Commissioner Betty Jean Longoria, Robstown Mayor Rodrigo Ramon and mayor pro tem Elias Vasquez taking part.
"Anything to do with economic development, I support," Longoria said.
The Fast Fleet business had only been open a few months when a fire broke out in the building's attic in May 2008, Sam Santos said. However, a fire marshal from the City of Corpus Christi Fire Department was unable to determine what caused the blaze, he added.
Heavy smoke and fire damage left the building charred, with extensive repairs being paid for through a combination of out-of-pocket expenses and property insurance, Sam Santos said. Also, whereas before the fire, Sam Santos owned the business, he has since partnered with his brother, Ben.
"Hopefully, we'll be able to serve the community here in Robstown with this place," Sam Santos said. "We want to provide a good service for the people."
Ramon said after the ribbon cutting ceremony that seeing a locally-owned business reopen after an event as damaging as a fire showed the resiliency and willingness of the people in Robstown to do what they could for the betterment of the town.
"Any type of new business…is a great success," Ramon said to Sam Santos. "We do appreciate you (reopening), my friend."