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Norahs Patches Up After Jeep Drives Into Storefront

Accident occurred just as owner Sharon Kerr is planning to open a second Southampton Village store this weekend, Xanadu.

Norahs on Thursday.  PHOTO CREDIT: Brendan J. O'Reilly
Norahs on Thursday. PHOTO CREDIT: Brendan J. O'Reilly
No one was injured Wednesday when a Jeep drove over the sidewalk and into Norahs clothing store in Southampton Village, but the accident happened at about the worst possible time for a Hamptons retail business.

The early evening crash on Jobs Lane occurred two days before the start of Memorial Day weekend, an important time for village businesses after a lean winter.

The Jeep took out two big windows and the brick underneath them. Village Building Inspector Jon Foster said the building is structurally sound, but unsafe until the damage is fixed. On Thursday afternoon, workers were putting up studs and boarding up with plywood.

The adjoining business that shares the same building at 76 Jobs Lane, the Jobs Lane deli, remained open.

Prior to Norahs owner Sharon Kerr moving her store there a few years ago, the spot was the longtime home of record store Long Island Sound.

While Norahs is being fixed up, Kerr is also in the middle of preparing her new clothing boutique, Xanadu, which is opening Friday at 65 Main Street — formerly the location of Flying Point Surf Boutique.

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