FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOX) – For the second time in less than a month, some stores in Jamestown Mall have been shut down due to their lack of heat.
For business owners, closure on the last shopping weekend before Christmas is no small matter.
David Wrone, a spokesperson for St. Louis County’s Department of Highways, Traffic and Public Works says there were fiscal issues involved.
“One-third of the mall, the common areas, are heated by gas. That service has not been available to the mall for some time,” he said. “These last few days we’ve been monitoring it in light of the experiences a month ago. Unfortunately, the temperatures were below what our code allows for.”
St. Louis County inspectors shut down part of the mall in late November after receiving an anonymous tip that the mall was very cold. Inspectors found some parts of the mall were 45 degrees; county code requires temperatures to be at least 68 degrees.
Dillard’s, JC Penney, Macy’s and Sears Tire and Auto Center stores are not affected by the closure and will remain open.