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Ocean County Mall Macy’s Left in the Dark on Black Friday

Mall department store without power since Thursday evening, says store manager

Ranking high on a list of disasters for a major department store would be a power outage on one of the most profitable shopping days of the calendar year, Black Friday. However, for Macy’s department store in the that nightmare unfortunately came true.

“We’re sitting in the dark right now,” said store employee Phyllis Broders on Friday morning. “All the other stores in the mall are open except us.”

Store Manager Mike Hardy explained that the power had first gone out at about 10:45 p.m. on Thursday evening, just prior to what would have been the store’s midnight opening for Black Friday shoppers.

“I spoke to JCP&L at about 1 a.m. They said that it could be due to a few possible reasons, and it looks like it might be a combination of all of them,” said Hardy, on a possible cause for the outage.

JCP&L explained that line and equipment issues may be the reason for the loss of power. Hardy said Friday morning that the store had been closed since the electricity went out, and almost no one was on the premises this morning.

“JCP&L didn’t want to give a timetable, but it seems that they may be working on a stopgap solution to have us open in a few hours, while they fix the rest of the problem,” said Hardy.

bayway mike November 23, 2012 at 04:50 PM
It sounds like the true meaning of "Black(out) Friday".
Fred November 23, 2012 at 05:26 PM
I am pretty sure that the GOP will blame it on Obama.
Jay Gee November 23, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Dawn November 23, 2012 at 06:48 PM
No you should be blaming JCP & L
Boardwalk November 23, 2012 at 07:24 PM
The utility has not been maintaining its system. We never lost telephone landlines. Why were we without electricity for so long???
Sue November 23, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Residents can't get fast results from JCP&L, but a corporation sure will -- maybe threatening to sue.
Thomas November 23, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I blame JC Penny
Ken November 23, 2012 at 08:31 PM
To bad all the retail stores did not have blackouts. Black Friday should be eliminated. People fighting and screaming at employees and each other hoping to get maybe one item that is chaep that the sore has maybe 10 of.
Once Loved NJ November 23, 2012 at 09:38 PM
and Obama will blame Bush...
Project Bluebeam November 23, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Because union benefits are more important than maintaining infrastructure.
Project Bluebeam November 23, 2012 at 09:56 PM
They should bing back blue laws. But that would p.o. the atheists.
J.JONES November 23, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Don't understand the rest of the mall had power..and Macy's didn't why?? Turn the switches on maybe..Damn JCP&L..and Obama and Bush and Christie...etc...Macys will claim black fridays where down across the boaRd and write off the losses...
. November 23, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Just goes to show you, these stores shouldn't be opening at midnight to encourge this nonsense of Black Friday and what it has become.
Mike November 24, 2012 at 12:35 AM
Again, JCP&L has no clue.
Sandra November 24, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Any other stores competing for midnight? hummm, sounds like a convenient savatoge to me. lols
William Staub November 24, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Every comment above has a common thread of a misaligned order in life. It is in the retail greed, unquenchable consumerism, political disatisfaction and corporate mistrust. What is wrong? What is missing in the life equation that makes us unhappy? How do find the right path? I don't think we will find it at Macy's on Black Friday or any other day of the year.
KMC November 24, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Sad thing too is that Macy's did not honor the sale prices on their early bird sales. They send coupons out to all their customers and then most of the store is excluded on the back of the coupons. So they lost money last night, this morning and then by all the customers who walked out when they couldn't use their coupons or get sale prices.
Landes November 24, 2012 at 03:26 AM
KMC please get your FACTS straight before you pass judgement! The store honored the morning specials if the customer requested the sale price from the morning special as instructed to the employees from management, a price adjustment was to be made. The sales are also available on Saturday morning as well. The $10.00 off coupon was also honored ALL day. The sad thing is we were fully staffed and an uncontrollable incident existed!
Missing Brick November 24, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Seems like Macy's got a bum rap...but JCP&L attempts to cover incompetence with arrogance. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/jcpl_sandyreparations/signatures
i don't get it?? November 24, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Mall power just hasn't been right since the storm...maybe they should spend some of their cash and do some upgrades...our mall is sad anyway.
BN November 24, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Could be sabotage too!
frank reynolds November 24, 2012 at 06:14 AM
actually bluebeam obama wanted to rebuild our infrastructure and republicans called him a socialist. they prefferred it when we spent billions rebuilding iraq's roads and power systems instead.as for bringing back the blue laws in north jersey in places like paramus they never went away. maybe you can buy a clue bluebeam.
Opinionated November 24, 2012 at 10:54 AM
I love all of these mega-geniuses who blame the non-NJ pols. The bottom line is JCPL got rate increases for modernizing the system and they chose not to. They were fined but clearly not enough to force the issue. This is what happens when we allow out of state ownership of our utilities. Here is a proposal: Force the sale to a NJ group and then fine First Energy the exact dollar amount they received from the sale. You like?
1stcav November 24, 2012 at 11:52 AM
If they got an increase for doing NOTHING, imagine what the increase will be NOW for ALL the "out of town" lineman ( Thanks Texas & VA ) WHO got us power back, because THEY couldn't do the job.FIRST ENERGY ( JCP&L )VIA OHIO CORP. & NJ Together...NOT !!!!! Another slap on the wrist and an INCREASE for NJ consumers is coming...or the" Three Mile Island" surcharge all over again for THEIR noncompliance to OUR infrastructure..Where are our ELECTED officials on this ????? IRAQ has a better electric grid than NJ. & WE payed for it !!!!!!
KMC November 24, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Landes-My item was not honored and the cashier told me it was because it was not in the cash register since it was after one. The 10.00 coupon was not honored on cosmetics or Ralph Lauren which is what I was purchasing. No one advised me or the woman in front of me that we could have gotten the item on sale. I am not passing judgment on the fact that you lost power. I am upset that I went to Macy's because of the 10 coupons I received in the mail the past two weeks and because of the sale items for the early bird. I walked out of there with nothing.
George Johnson November 24, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Obama would need for more years to figure it out
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