MOORE, Okla. - In May, it will have been three years since the Moore tornado that left billions of dollars’ worth of damage and many lives lost.
Since then, residents and business owners have rebuilt - some in the process of still rebuilding, like the hospital.
At 4th and Telephone Road, one of the buildings destroyed, a gas station, opened its doors Thursday, and some residents said it’s bittersweet.
Flags, signs and a new spiffy building scream open at 4th and Telephone Road in Moore.
"We went over and got four celebratory icees," said Kristi Lewis. "They were really good, too."
The 7-Eleven is back nearly three years after being leveled by the 2013 Moore tornado.
"I was looking over there the other, and you think back about what happened, and that's sad, but you either make progress and move forward, or you stand still," Lewis said.
Three people passed away inside the former gas station, including a woman and her 4-month-old baby seeking shelter inside of a freezer.
City leaders said it's always been in the plans for 7-Eleven to rebuild in the same spot.
"I cannot tell you how corporately responsible they were and what a huge heart they have as a corporation for what happened there, for our citizens, for the residents. They saw every single day who came in and out of there prior to the storm," said Deidre Ebrey, Director of Marketing and Economic Development.
Ebrey said 7-Eleven is donating a piece of interactive art that will be displayed at Little River Park - a tribute to the victims.
"We love this park. We come here all the time, especially when the weather is nice. I think it's pretty fantastic," said Stefanie Embree.
Embree said her community has been nothing short of resilient.
"I hope that people can see it as remembering but also as moving forward and rebuilding and building up our community and loving one another," Embree said.
A common feeling for many residents.
"Moore strong. How about that? That's all you need," Lewis said.
We’re told the park dedication will take place sometime this summer.