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Bank, federal officials honor Roscoe's store

Debra Nesbitt of USDA Rural Devlopment, Harry Grymes of Mountain 1st Bank, Pam Hysong of USDA Rural Development, Nancy Green, Jan Ward, Joy Stepp and Jane Ward hold the certificate given to the Green's after re-opening Green's Six Oak Mall in Tuxedo. Debra Nesbitt of USDA Rural Devlopment, Harry Grymes of Mountain 1st Bank, Pam Hysong of USDA Rural Development, Nancy Green, Jan Ward, Joy Stepp and Jane Ward hold the certificate given to the Green's after re-opening Green's Six Oak Mall in Tuxedo.

GREEN RIVER — Bankers, federal officials and local business leaders gathered Tuesday at Green's Six Oaks store on Tuesday to honor the Green family for their comeback in serving the community.

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A fire in February 2011 burned down the family-owned store, commonly known as Roscoe's, and with no fire insurance the family didn't know how they'd start over. The family was able to rebuild the iconic store with help from the USDA Rural Development agency, in partnership with Mountain 1st Bank, which made a $400,000 loan.

"This store means a lot to this community because it's about the only place to buy anything that people need for several miles," said Pam Hysong, USDA area director.

The ceremony, planned in conjunction with Small Business Week, highlighted how Roscoe's is essential to the Green River-Tuxedo-Zirconia community as a small business that serves local customers.

The USDA presented a framed certificate to the Green family congratulating them on reopening their family store.

"It's a good feeling to know we're being recognized," said Nancy Green, who runs the store along with her four children and grandchildren. "We don't expect recognition but it's great to know that people care."

Four generations of Greens were present at the ceremony, which is to be expected since Nancy's children, grandchildren and great grandchildren have all been raised at the family store. Also in attendance were representatives from Mountain 1st Bank, the USDA Rural Development, the Chamber of Commerce and field representatives for U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows.

"Growing up we went to Lake Summit a lot," said Tate Apodaca, a district field representative for Meadows, "and we couldn't go without stopping at Roscoe's."

Other representatives also shared stories of the store.

"This was our stopping point for our family on the way home," said Hysong. "When my son was little and reached a point where he couldn't stay in the car anymore, even though we were only about 15 miles from home, we'd have to stop here to get him calmed down so we could make it the rest of the way home."

Green's Six Oaks Mall, at 94 Green River Road, is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily except Sunday.