BELMAR, NJ — After an October 17 fire forced the closing of Sportsnut Cards & Collectibles, it has already found a new home — and it’s just one block away.

The specialty shop had a “soft opening” on October 27 at 1102 Main Street, next to the Go Play! Retro Arcade and across Belmar Elementary School.

Owner Ted Henschel said his first-floor store of 12 years at 1210 Main Street suffered major smoke and water damage when a fire ripped through the structure, but he has been able to save much of the merchandise.

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While at the fire scene, Henschel was assisted by Belmar firefighters in recovering items from the store, including many large pieces of autographed framed wall art.

No one was injured in the fire, which was ruled accidental by fire officials. However, the building, which also housed the SuperSavers Markets II on the first floor and three apartments on the second floor, has been deemed unsafe and uninhabitable.

Meanwhile, Henschel has been busy at his expanded new location, where he was been unpacking containers and crates and filling shelves with his treasure trove of sports cards and other collectibles. “We still have a lot of work to do, but we will be back bigger and better than ever,” he said, adding that he will hold an official grand opening sometime soon.

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