Several Stores at Mall Will Reopen Tuesday After Precautionary Closure

Updated: 02/24/2014 11:17 PM
Created: 02/24/2014 6:13 PM
By: Laurie Stribling

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.

Front Page

  • Anderson Takes Top Spot in Tight Beargrease Finish

    After more than 300 miles on the trail, musher Ryan Anderson and his team clinched first place in the 31st annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. His team of 11 pulled into the finish line at Billy's Bar in Duluth just before 3 a.m. Wednesday. This is Anderson's second full-distance win. He won the marathon back in 2011 when he beat out musher Nathan Schroeder by just 20 seconds

  • Fleets Feeling Impact of Low Gas Prices

    An average American drives about 28 miles per day, meanwhile Custom Cab's taxi drivers said they drive 240 miles, so for the dozen or so cabs the company has, these low prices mean high savings.

  • Courtesy: Ashland Daily Press One Man Seriously Injured When Vehicle Rear-Ends School Bus, 45 Kids Uninjured

    A 49-year-old Ashland man suffered life-threatening injuries after rear-ending a school bus near Ashland on Tuesday afternoon. However, none of the 45 children on the bus were hurt. 

  • Victim Identified in Beltrami Co. Home Explosion

    The Bemidji Fire Department says a propane gas leak appears to have been the cause of an explosion that destroyed a rural Bemidji home Monday, injuring one person.  The person's condition has not been released.

  • Enbridge Defends Northern Minnesota Route for Pipeline

    Enbridge Energy is defending its proposal to build a northern Minnesota crude oil pipeline. Company executives testified Tuesday during the first day of a hearing before a regulatory judge in St. Paul. Critics of the $2.6 billion project have questioned whether the line needs a northern route.