NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A Staten Island business has celebrated its re-opening 14 months after being devastated by superstorm Sandy.

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, a ceremonial ribbon-cutting was held Monday for Midland Pharmacy.

“We had seven feet of water inside the building and everything was ruined,” co-owner Lou Spadafora said. “We wanted to come back for the neighborhood, for the community.”

The money to rebuild came from savings, grants and loans, Haskell reported.

“It is great. I can walk here. This the best thing that ever happened,” a long-time customer told Haskell.

Rep. Michael Grimm was on hand for the grand re-opening.

“It’s that hope factor. People need to see some progress. And unfortunately, there’s been very little,” he told Haskell.

Roughly a third of the businesses on Midland Avenue are still closed, Haskell reported.

Spadafora expects it’ll take a year before business is back to normal.

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