Most stores cleared to reopen at SouthPark mall

Most stores cleared to reopen at SouthPark mall

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by BEN THOMPSON / NewsChannel 36 Staff

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WCNC.com

Posted on July 24, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 24 at 10:55 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg code enforcement on Tuesday approved the reopening of most of the stores in the SouthPark mall. Approximately 90 stores have been closed after a roof collapse during a rainstorm Friday.

Only stores within 240 feet of the construction zone between GAP and Banana Republic, where the roof collapsed, were not cleared to reopen by code enforcement.

The news came on a day with rain in the forecast that had many people nervous.  

"It concerns me if the storms come through, the more water pressure, causing more collapses, causing more water to get into the building," said contractor Dennis Easterling. 

Easterling said he's worked on construction projects inside the mall but isn't currently involved.  The nearly 40-year veteran of the construction industry contacted NewsChannel 36 after seeing Airstar 36 video showing the two holes still in the roof of the building.

"It really concerns me there could be more future collapses, as of this evening or even tomorrow," he added.

Meanwhile, those appearing to be store managers took to the SouthPark Facebook page expressing some frustration about the lack of information.

"Can you please give me an update on the west plaza?  We are a small business...when will a statement be released," reads one post.

"I've sent a private message, any response will help.  I need to take care of freight deliveries for tomorrow," reads another post.

Despite numerous phone calls and emails, neither SouthPark Mall nor it's Atlanta-based marketing firm will respond to questions or interview requests.  However, officials have released several statements focused on the opening of some stores.

Code enforcement said Tuesday it was up to mall management when stores would open outside the 240 foot perimeter of the roof collapse. 
 

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