PORTERDALE, Ga. — A Porterdale barbershop is set to resume business this weekend after a car crashed into the front door and windows last month, sending three customers to the hospital and destroying the shop’s entrance.
King’s Barbershop, connected to the BP gas station at the corner of Broad Street and Crowell Road, has been closed for repairs after a car failed to stop while pulling into a parking space directly in front of the shop on Nov. 6. The four-door Honda shattered the glass door and front windows, injuring five of the seven people inside the shop, including three people waiting in chairs with their backs to the window when the crash occurred.
The car narrowly missed one employee and the customer in his chair but destroyed the shop’s interior before coming to rest just short of the back wall of the business, according to the shop owner, Adonnis Davis Sr.
“I am thankful it wasn’t worse, and the customers are all OK,” he said.
Davis is hopeful the shop will be open for business following a final inspection from the city of Porterdale on Friday, Dec.6.
Three customers, including one who was six months pregnant, were transported for treatment at WellStar Atlanta Medical Center and shortly released with minor injuries, according to Davis.
Video footage from the shopping center’s security camera shows three of the customers running from the shop after the car drove through the glass entrance. The owner of the Honda failed to stop after turning into the parking space, according to Davis.
Since opening King’s Barbershop four years ago in Porterdale, Davis said he and his employees have missed the busiest season of the year by being closed the week of Thanksgiving, which he said was busier than the week before school starts. After a month of costly rebuilding, he’s eager to open his doors before the end of the holiday season.