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November 20, 2013

Picking up the pieces

As many as 30 businesses may have been destroyed by tornado

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The showroom and body shop are expected to be fully-functioning by Thursday, associate Karen Bellus said.

“When we got here on Sunday it was a disaster and it appeared to be totally destroyed,” Bellus said. “Scott Perkins and our employees have been cleaning everything up. We’re still working on picking up debris and some of the automotive keys were blown out into the lot and are still being recovered.”

A structural engineer is expected today, Bellus said, and a corporate team of insurance adjustors is being flown in to inspect damage done to every vehicle. After assessments are made, Erik’s will have a better idea of the financial extent of the damage.

While the Markland Mall didn’t suffer any structural damage from the tornado, marketing director Mary Martin said many of the businesses continue to await the arrival of power, particularly on the east half of the mall. Only Beauty Buzz was open for business on Tuesday, while businesses like Starbucks, Chilis and the entire plaza of the mall were without power.

All of the stores on the west side of the mall, including Target, Sears and Carson’s are open for business, Martin noted. The mall has been working closely with Duke Energy to have power completely restored and is hoping to be up and running today.

 

 

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