HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Exactly one year ago Wednesday, a massive fire tore through the historic Broad Street Market building, leaving dozens of local businesses without a place to go.

“It was 6 a.m. when I finally got a call that broke through my ‘Do Not Disturb’ notifications,” Andrea Grove, owner of Elementary Coffee Co. said recounting the moment she found out about the devastating fire.


She ran to the market and watched her business crumble alongside dozens of others.

The building is still in ruins — an unfortunate fact that Grove said forced her to leave the Broad Street Market for good.

“I think a lot of people (and) a lot of vendors went this direction because you can’t live off hope as a business that needs income, money and revenue,” Grove said. “You can’t tell your employees who are waiting for jobs that they have to wait a year for a temporary structure to open.”

A temporary tent for some vendors opened in May after a slew of delays from Harrisburg. Grove decided not to rebuild her business there. Now, her only Elementary Coffee Co. location is on North Street in Harrisburg.

“I think I’m going through the grieving period now more than ever,” Grove said. “I think I was in survival mode and now it’s really hitting me — the impact this has had on our business.”

Other businesses have struggled, too, including Red Raven.

“It’s been a very stressful year and that feels like a major understatement,” Red Raven co-owner Lauren Bitting-Ellis said.

Red Raven has a temporary location at the Broad Street Market tent, but Bitting-Ellis said business has slowed so much that she was forced to open an additional location in Dauphin County.

“This was our last-ditch effort to stay in business,” she said.

Bitting-Ellis and so many others are now waiting for the brick building to be rebuilt. In May, after two contentious votes, Harrisburg City Council approved a construction manager for reconstruction, but it could take years for everything to be completed.