MOORE — Van’s Pig Stand of Moore will host a ribbon cutting to celebrate a new location and recovering spirit from last year’s tornado.
A ribbon cutting ceremony open to the public will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Van’s Moore location, 1991 Tower Drive. Guest speaker, the Rev. Stu Pelly of First Baptist Church in Moore, will address the new building and business, and special deals on their famous ribs and “Pig Sandwiches” will be available.
Nina Shuman, the manager at Van’s in Moore, said the goal of the event is to get back out there as a business. Previously located on SW 4th Street, the old Van’s building lay directly in the path of the May 20, 2013, tornado that ripped through Moore.
Despite the building suffering irreparable damage, none of the employees present in the building at the time were injured. Their spirits and goals for the business remained unwavered as well, Shuman said, as they began planning to re-open to the public.
“We want to have fun and celebrate the fact that we’re here, we’re back and we’re Moore Strong,” she said.
Shuman said the ribbon cutting also will involve a “rib cutting,” featuring ribs for $14.99 at any location on Thursday, and Pig Sandwiches for the whole month of June for $2.84 to celebrate the 84th anniversary of Van’s Pig Stands and a new beginning for the Moore location.
Working alongside her husband Mark, general manager of Van’s in Moore, Shuman said she’s been in this business forever.
“It’s in my blood,” she said.
Shuman said this is a business she has always been a part of. Though others know Van as the man who started it all, Shuman knows him as her grandfather.
The first Van’s sprouted in Wewoka in 1928 and later spread throughout the state. With other locations in Shawnee and Norman, the new Moore location is the first Van’s to be built entirely new from the ground up since the original Van’s came to be, Shuman said, since the other locations were placed in existing buildings.
Though the devastation of the tornado destroyed the old Van’s, Shuman said the new location is an opportunity to continue the family business.
“We really feel like we are where we’re supposed to be,” Shuman said.