The owner of an Omaha thrift store that was heavily damaged in a car crash said he was unable to recover any of the property inside the building before demolition began Saturday.
Scott Goff, owner of the New 2 You store, said the building at 4201 Leavenworth St. was not stable enough to allow anyone inside. Security was set up to prevent anyone from entering, Goff said.
Anderson Excavating Co. on Saturday knocked down the east wall and much of the roof.
A car slammed into the building July 12, tearing open a huge hole in the wall.
The crash killed the vehicle's two occupants. It took rescue workers 18 hours before they could safely enter the building to recover the bodies.
Demolition on the rest of the building is likely to continue Monday.
Goff and his business partner, Mark English, opened the store in November.
“We turned our hobby into a business,” Goff said.
It took nearly two years to build up the store's inventory, he said. The 3,000-square-foot store and the basement were full of items.
“It would have been nice to get everything out of the west side, because it seemed like that part of the building was OK,” Goff said.
While Goff and English had no personal items in the building, all of their business records were stored there.
“Tax time might be a nightmare,” Goff said.
The business partners have no immediate plans to reopen.
Traffic restrictions at the 42nd and Leavenworth Streets intersection remain in effect.