Local mall's cost-saving measure creates 'safety issue'

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on February 8, 2013 at 11:17 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 8 at 11:49 PM

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FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Some shoppers say a local mall’s attempt to save on utility costs has been compromising safety.

Jamestown Mall recently had been turning off some of its parking lot lights while the mall was still open. St. Louis County officials say the move was an effort to cut down on the shopping center’s utility bills.

Some customers told News 4 they were not happy about the cost-saving measure.

"I think your safety comes over the amount of money they think they are saving,” Joann Brown said.

News 4 attempted to speak to shopping center management, but they did not return our calls.

An inspector from St. Louis County went to the mall on Friday morning to investigate. County officials say shutting off the lights while the mall is open creates a safety hazard.

“They were making an effort to reduce their expenses,” St. Louis County official David Wrone said. “Unfortunately, it's not allowable. It's a safety issue. And they've got to keep their lights on."

St. Louis County did not issue the mall a citation but put management on notice that is will be watching it on a regular basis through spot checks and secret shoppers.

 

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