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Unpaid Utility Bills May Cause Cash-Strapped Mall to Shut Down Friday

As Jamestown Mall's new owners struggle to pay tens of thousands in gas and electric bills left unpaid by the previous owners, St. Louis County officials issue an ultimatum: pay up or close the doors Nov. 30.

A long-unpaid gas bill may cost Jamestown Mall shops big this holiday season, according to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

After recieivng complaints that the movie theater in the mall was too cold, county officials found that the theater’s temperature had dropped to below 68 degrees, a St. Louis County Department of Public Works spokesman told the post.

As it turns out, the gas had been turned off. And, according to the Post, it was “unclear how long the mall had been without gas.”

This kind of violation could force the struggling mall to close if not resolved, the spokesman said.

The county gave the mall until last Monday to correct the situation, but that’s when mall manager Mike Kohan said he was working with Laclede and officials to get the situation resolved so that the mall could stay open.

Kohan, who was also the manager of the mall when it went into bankruptcy, said that the mall had been recently acquired by a new owner after having been foreclosed on and put up for sale.

He was given until Thursday to resolve the situation.

An official said that the county does “not want to shut down a mall three weeks before Christmas,” but that inspectors would be there Friday to ensure that the gas is on.

“We’re hopeful that it is,” he said, adding that while the electricity has remained on, there was a concern this week that it would also be turned off due to non-payment.

Kohan said that he paid a $13,000 electric bill on Wednesday, but that the gas bill left unpaid by the previous owners was closer to $20,000.

Deborah Lewis November 30, 2012 at 08:02 PM
Its because of the bad economy and our entitlement society caused by the Progressives in our government. So way to go those of you who voted for Lacy Clay and President Obama! Thanks for nothing.
Elizabeth O'Fallon December 01, 2012 at 02:54 AM
I think another issue though is location. Jamestown Mall was always a bit off the beaten path. Back when it was the only Mall around people would drive a distance for all the shops. As we lost a number of shops, and once the shooting happened a few years back many folks no longer wanted to make the drive. I honestly stopped shopping there when they lost Sears. I loved that store. While I'm saddened to see it empty out, but I'm also not surprised to see it happen. Every mall seems to have it's "hay day." It seems like Jamestown is simply following in the same pattern that Northwest Plaza did.
Elizabeth O'Fallon December 01, 2012 at 02:55 AM
While I'm no fan of President Obama or Lacy Clay, I'd stop short of blaming them for the Jamestown Mall problems. This mall has had issues for years.
erin December 01, 2012 at 05:04 PM
For those of you that remember going there long time ago, why did you stop? That's why it is what it is, we all just stopped going. Just like northwest plaza, its coming down as we speak. As far as rebuilding or putting something else there, if that was viable it would have happened already. Look at all the empty land surrounding the place. If McDonald's won't put a restaurant there, then nothing will go there.
Elizabeth O'Fallon December 01, 2012 at 05:16 PM
I personally shopped there for Sears. It was a one stop shop for me. When Sears left I no longer had a reason to frequent Jamestown Mall.

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