DULUTH - The handful of stores at Duluth’s Miller Hill Mall closed for several days as a precautionary measure amid concerns over the structural integrity of a portion of the building's snow-laden roof are expected to reopen Tuesday.
Mall manager Katie Altrichter said a crew from Lakehead Constructors shored up a bent steel roof joist, reinforcing the affected area and allowing snow removal crews to ramp up work in that area on Monday. Structural engineers gave the OK for the affected stores - including Pam's Hallmark, a Regis hair salon, Pro Image and T's Me - to reopen Tuesday.
A winter storm dropped more than a foot of snow on the area Thursday into Friday, and Altrichter said drifts atop the mall roof exceeded 15 feet deep. The bent joist was noticed Friday and mall officials closed that part of the mall as a precaution through the weekend. Altrichter said mall staff will continue to perform safety checks of the building, particularly after any additional snowfall.
Duluth has received 83.8 inches of snow this winter, about 21 inches above average for this point in the season.