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Colosimo's in Magna reopens after earthquake damage

Posted at 6:36 PM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-18 20:54:46-04

MAGNA, Utah – A Magna business damaged by a 5.7 magnitude earthquake last month has reopened.

Colosimo’s Market & Sausage Factory was forced to close for a month. Saturday, the business opened its doors to a line of waiting customers.

“It feels great. It feels great,” said Danny Colosimo, a member of the family that has owned the business for nearly a century. “I had faith we would be back at some point.”

Back in March, bricks fell from a wall of the building, leaving a gaping hole.

“The inside weathered the earthquake well,” Colosimo said. “The damage is on the wall. We lost a few bricks, but it’s nothing that can’t be fixed and nothing that we can’t overcome.”

Longtime customers are happy this family business has recovered, bringing some normalcy back to the town rattled by hundreds of quakes since the 5.7.

“My kids love the spaghetti sauce that I make. I only use the sausage from here,” said Tiffany Simons from Magna who was waiting in line before the store opened at noon. “It shows you just how big a part of our community they are.”

After being open for three hours Saturday, Colosimo expects the business to return to normal operating hours by Thursday.

“God willing, we don’t have any more of those big ones [earthquakes] and we will be here to stay,” Colosimo said.