Topic: Bellevue Square
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June 26, 2013 at 3:23 PM
Three Bellevue Square stores remained closed Wednesday and it was uncertain when two would reopen, after heavy rains Tuesday night caused flooding.
Part of Westfield Southcenter Mall in Tukwila was also inundated, but all stores there were open for business Wednesday.
Hugo Boss, Lego and Tiffany & Co., among about a dozen stores affected by flooding at Bellevue Square, were closed for the day Wednesday. Hugo Boss hopes to reopen Thursday, but Tiffany and Lego may be closed longer, said Jennifer Leavitt, vice president for marketing at the Bellevue Collection, which includes Bellevue Square.
The three stores that closed, all on the first floor, were affected by water that apparently found its way to the floor of The Apple Store from the roof, Leavitt said. Water entered other parts of the mall from ground level.
“It rained a lot. I was on 405 at the exact time that incredible deluge hit, and so I can tell you I’ve never driven in anything like it before,” Leavitt said.
About an inch of rainwater flooded the south atrium at Southcenter and stores including T-Mobile, but workers were able to clean up the mess before Wednesday’s mall opening, Westfield Southcenter Marketing Director Nicole Grubbs said.
June 26, 2013 at 11:21 AM
Two stores at Bellevue Square will open late today and a third is expected to remain closed as they clean up after rainwater flooded parts of the shopping mall Tuesday night.
Tiffany & Co. is closed, and HUGO BOSS and LEGO planned delayed openings. In all, about a dozen stores on the first floor were affected by the flooding, which occurred before the mall’s regular 9:30 p.m. closing.
Floors were flooded as were some electrical functions, according to a Bellevue Square spokeswoman. Cleanup of most stores was completed overnight.
June 25, 2013 at 10:34 PM
About 10 Bellevue Square stores and the Bellevue Park condominiums flooded Tuesday evening after heavy rains, according to the city’s fire department.
About an inch of rain was reported in one of the stores, said Lou Faehnrich, a Bellevue fire battalion chief.
Faehnrich said he did not know if the water came from the roof or through surface flooding.
Officials were working to clean up the mess.
December 6, 2012 at 8:29 PM
Four people fell when an escalator inside Bellevue Square shopping center malfunctioned tonight, according to the Bellevue Fire Department.
A 30-year-old man, a woman and two 3-year-olds were taken to Overlake Hospital Medical Center in Bellevue after the 7:21 p.m. malfunction at Macy’s. The man sustained minor injuries while the three others were taken as a precaution, said Lt. Troy Donlin. He did not know how many people were on the escalator when it failed.
A store manager declined to comment, but an employee said that she heard screaming and saw the escalator coming apart.
An employee at Sanrio said it was the escalator on the street level of Macy’s and that the steps of the escalator were mangled.
“Some steps are not where they belong,” Donlin said, according to an Associated Press report.
A mechanical failure led to the accident, not a structural collapse, Donlin said. He was told by a mall manager that the escalator is regularly checked by maintenance company Schindler, and that they and a state inspector would investigate the cause of the malfunction as soon as possible.
A state inspector from the Department of Labor & Industries also checks the escalator monthly, according to a release from Kemper Development Company, which owns Bellevue Square.
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