|Mall Loses Partial Power, Security Kicks Media Off Property|
|By Andy McKeever, iBerkshires Staff|
04:43PM / Tuesday, January 16, 2018
LANESBOROUGH, Mass. — Berkshire Mall management had security escort an iBerkshires reporter from the property Tuesday afternoon.
iBerkshires had heard reports that the mall had lost power. This reporter attempted to call management to find out what happened but got a message that the office phone there was "temporarily unavailable."
After driving to the mall, a number of stores were dark and closed. Some still seemed to be operating as normal, but others that are typically open were closed and a Peace Train Tee employee was sitting outside that darkened store.
This reporter continued on to the management office in hopes to find out what happened from the general manager. There, a woman was on the phone and yelled no comment.
We stuck around a bit in hopes to find out if there was another phone number to reach the general manager. When the woman got off the phone, she again said no comment and asked if we'd like to talk to the general manager.
She called on the radio asking, "is there any comment you'd like to make to iBerkshires?" and a voice from the hallway rang out, "leave." Moments later a security officer arrived and said she was escorting us off the property.
In the parking lot, we turned to take a photo of the mall and the security officer yelled across the lot that we are not allowed to take photos on private property.
So we left without answers.
The mall has certainly been struggling with a long list of stores leaving the building over the last two years. The mall is owned by Berkshire Mall Realty Holdings, a subsidiary of Kohn Retail Investment Group. Kohan owns a number of mall throughout the country and had had issues with power being turned off in other malls.
It is unknown at this time why the shopping center only had partial power. Neither Eversource nor National Grid had reported outages Tuesday afternoon.