CHICAGO (CBS) — More than three months after a fire at the Carson Pirie Scott store in North Riverside, the store reopened Thursday morning.

“Couldn’t wait for them to re-open. This was really nice,” said Carson’s customer Carolyn, who was leaving the store with a bagful of purchases Thursday morning.

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The store closed November 12th after a fire in a storage area. Manager Robin Adams said smoke damaged everything in the store.

“We had to get rid of it (everything in store) and bring in everything new,” she said.

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A total of 159 people worked at the store at the time. All have returned, but none had to be out of work while the store was closed, Adams said. They were each given the option of being placed temporarily in other Carson’s stores until the North Riverside one reopened, or they could stay home during that time.

Adams said 95 percent of the employees opted to work at other Carson’s locations.

Carson’s associate Shatail Higgins was among those who worked at another store.

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“It was awesome that our company cared that much about us to find us somewhere else to work,” she said.