Power outage closes Tamarack Centre

Stores in the Tamarack Centre were forced to close for business on Wednesday, April 16

  • Apr. 23, 2014 2:00 p.m.

Cranbrook’s Tamarack Centre is back in business after a power outage forced the mall to close for a day last week.

The mall was closed all day Wednesday as the whole shopping centre experienced an unexpected power outage — with the exception of Tim Hortons and Boston Pizza which are on a different power phase.

The power went out at about 10 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15 and was restored at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, said Linda Birch, manager of the Tamarack Centre.

“BC Hydro spent the night troubleshooting and then in the morning brought their locator in to help assist in what they knew was then a broken main cable from the transformer near the 12th Street bridge. They dug up the junction box and pulled and replaced the cable and terminated at both ends and put us live again.”

As the mall was built in 1976, it is likely that the cable was the original dating from that time, so its age was likely the cause for the break, Birch added.

Mall management told people about the closure using announcements on the radio, its website and its Facebook page to keep shoppers informed.

“Please thank people for their patience and we certainly had a busy day (Thursday) so thank those shoppers for waiting until we were open again,” said Birch.