ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - Shoppers who are anxiously waiting for the Chesterfield Mall Dillard’s to re-open will have to sit tight a few more months.
Flooding damage from early September is so extensive, Dillard’s will likely remain closed until early 2017, officials with the department store said.
An eight-inch pipe burst September 7, flooding all three floors of the store, damaging merchandise, offices, and ceilings. Water could be seen gushing throughout the parking lot. No one was injured.
The cause of the pipe burst is unknown.
Monarch Fire Protection District Fire Marshal Roger Herin said since the flooding incident, extensive repairs have been made.
“The sprinkler system is back in service – they’ve replaced the underground pipe. They’ve repaired the fire alarm system because it was damaged from the water. That’s done. Now they’re doing all the architectural work,” he said.
The ceiling was so saturated, it broke into chunks and fell, Herin said.
For the moment, the store remains closed.
”Kind of unsettling to see it empty like that,” Herin said. “But knowing what’s coming for this store, I think it will be worth it, and I think it will be a lot better.”
Herin said there have been discussions of a remodel of the Chesterfield Dillard’s. Dillard’s officials could not confirm what plans are in store, but said that it would be early 2017 when the store re-opens.
The damage was limited to the store and did not affect other parts of the shopping mall.
Employees continue to work at other Dillard’s locations in the St. Louis area.
Madison Marquette, the management company for Chesterfield Mall, said it has no announcement regarding future tenants.