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Several Stores at Mall Will Reopen Tuesday After Precautionary Closure

Updated: 02/24/2014 11:17 PM
Created: 02/24/2014 6:13 PM WDIO.com
By: Laurie Stribling
lstribling@wdio.com

Several stores closed for two days in the Miller Hill Mall after heavy snow caused roof damage on Saturday, but mall officials said those stores are clear to open again on Tuesday.

Recent snowfall caused problems at the Miller Hill on Saturday. Mall Spokesperson Machelle Kendrick said guests heard several booms and five stores near Younkers were evacuated around 8 p.m.

Kendrick said there was visible structural damage to the roof so Pro Image, Pam's Hallmark, Piercing Pagoda, T's Me, and Regis were all closed as a precaution.

Kendrick said crews have been working around the clock to get snow off the roof and monitor the situation. Kendrick said a team, including building inspectors and structural engineers, was on site Saturday to check on the roof. They suggested the precautionary closure, and the stores remained closed on Monday.

Kendrick said the stores will be able to open on Tuesday, and that would not be allowed unless it was safe for guests.

Mall manager Katie Altrichter said mall policy does not allow news cameras to show the damaged area, but Eyewitness News crews saw two poles supporting the roof near the closed stores on Monday.

The mall is now 41 years old, and Kendrick said snowfall has caused minor issues for the mall in the past.

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