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Ocean County Mall Macy’s Left in the Dark on Black Friday

Mall department store without power since Thursday evening, says store manager

Ranking high on a list of disasters for a major department store would be a power outage on one of the most profitable shopping days of the calendar year, Black Friday. However, for Macy’s department store in the that nightmare unfortunately came true.

“We’re sitting in the dark right now,” said store employee Phyllis Broders on Friday morning. “All the other stores in the mall are open except us.”

Store Manager Mike Hardy explained that the power had first gone out at about 10:45 p.m. on Thursday evening, just prior to what would have been the store’s midnight opening for Black Friday shoppers.

“I spoke to JCP&L at about 1 a.m. They said that it could be due to a few possible reasons, and it looks like it might be a combination of all of them,” said Hardy, on a possible cause for the outage.

JCP&L explained that line and equipment issues may be the reason for the loss of power. Hardy said Friday morning that the store had been closed since the electricity went out, and almost no one was on the premises this morning.

“JCP&L didn’t want to give a timetable, but it seems that they may be working on a stopgap solution to have us open in a few hours, while they fix the rest of the problem,” said Hardy.

Opinionated November 24, 2012 at 10:54 AM
I love all of these mega-geniuses who blame the non-NJ pols. The bottom line is JCPL got rate increases for modernizing the system and they chose not to. They were fined but clearly not enough to force the issue. This is what happens when we allow out of state ownership of our utilities. Here is a proposal: Force the sale to a NJ group and then fine First Energy the exact dollar amount they received from the sale. You like?
1stcav November 24, 2012 at 11:52 AM
If they got an increase for doing NOTHING, imagine what the increase will be NOW for ALL the "out of town" lineman ( Thanks Texas & VA ) WHO got us power back, because THEY couldn't do the job.FIRST ENERGY ( JCP&L )VIA OHIO CORP. & NJ Together...NOT !!!!! Another slap on the wrist and an INCREASE for NJ consumers is coming...or the" Three Mile Island" surcharge all over again for THEIR noncompliance to OUR infrastructure..Where are our ELECTED officials on this ????? IRAQ has a better electric grid than NJ. & WE payed for it !!!!!!
KMC November 24, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Landes-My item was not honored and the cashier told me it was because it was not in the cash register since it was after one. The 10.00 coupon was not honored on cosmetics or Ralph Lauren which is what I was purchasing. No one advised me or the woman in front of me that we could have gotten the item on sale. I am not passing judgment on the fact that you lost power. I am upset that I went to Macy's because of the 10 coupons I received in the mail the past two weeks and because of the sale items for the early bird. I walked out of there with nothing.
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Obama would need for more years to figure it out
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