Republic of Floyd set to reopen on April 5
Republic of Floyd, the eclectic beer, wine, cheese and nick-knack shop started by the late Tom Ryan, is scheduled to reopen on Friday, April 5 under new ownership.
Floyd mayor Will Griffen said Sunday the store, which closed after Ryan’s sudden and unexpected death in January, is scheduled to reopen under new owners but said he could not disclose their names at this time.
“The plan is for the store to reopen on April 5,” he said. The new owners are working with the state Alcohol Beverage and Control (ABC) board to resolve issues on the beer and wine that remained in stock after Ryan’s death.
Ryan, a local entrepreneur, was a fixture in the community and has been missed by many. A reopening of the store will be viewed by many as an honor to his memory.
Long-time newspaperman, photographer and videographer who still shoots photos and covers government and courts for a newspaper, shoots video for TV and documentary use and owns web sites like Blue Ridge Muse, Capitol Hill Blue and American Newsreel.