Clair Held owned the Held’s Shop n Save on April 18, 2001. On that day, a garbage man, picking up the town garbage, noticed flames coming out of the roof in the back of the store. Around 4 a.m. on a Tuesday morning, the family got calls from the neighbors. All they could do was watch the building burn.
Clair and his grandson were at camp. The State Police woke them at 5 am to come home, telling them the sad news. Of course they had KDKA on the radio and heard more news on it as a reporter was on-site.
The building was a complete loss. Clair wanted to rebuild for the town people. The family has had a store in North Apollo since 1936. His two daughters who worked with him decided to start planning and checking things out.
A new Shop n Save opened on August 15, 2002. The owners are Connie, Karen, and Scott, 3rd generation Helds. Of course Clair is there every day, straightening shelves and having coffee, talking to old friends, and putting in his 2 cents worth, according to his wife Pearl.