City Fire launches small store to sell needed supplies during COVID-19 scare

The owners of City Fire restaurant have taken it upon themselves to help Villagers in need of supplies during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Toilet paper, paper towels and other cleaning supplies are available for sale at City Fire in Lake Sumter Landing during the COVID-19 outbreak.

City Fire owner Gina Buell

The eatery in Lake Sumter Landing has become a small general store of sorts, with a variety of much needed supplies and food items for sale. Those include three brands of toilet paper, including individual wrapped and large restaurant-style rolls; paper towels; bleach; cleaning solutions; pasta; lunch meat; shelf-stable milk; eggs; bread and bottles of alcohol and mixers, among others.

Owner Gina Buell said the idea for the store came about earlier this week when her husband, Mike, suddenly woke up at 3 o’clock in the morning.

“He said, ‘We’ve got to use our supplies and just sell them to people in The Villages,’” Buell said. “That was a great idea.”

City Fire is selling a variety of bottled alcohol and mixers at a small store it has set up amid the Coronavirus outbreak that has forced all Florida restaurants to close their dining rooms and stick to takeout and delivery.

Buell said they then took it one step further by ordering even more needed items through their suppliers.

“The grocery stores are all busy, so if we can just provide some essentials, that’s what we want to do,” she said.

The store is open from noon to 7 p.m. daily and Buell said they plan to keep it operating as long as area residents continue to need essentials to get through the various shutdowns and changes that have come their way amid the Coronavirus scare.

“We just want to do something to help out,” she said.

Loaves of bread, which have been difficult to find at times in local groceries, are available for purchase in the store at City Fire in Lake Sumter Landing.

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