Colorado Mills to remain closed Wednesday due to Denver area hail storm

Most of Colorado Mills is expected to remain closed for the third day Wednesday after a hail storm earlier this week caused significant flooding at the mall in Lakewood.

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The incoming hail storm as seen from Cheesman Park. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

The incoming hail storm as seen from Cheesman Park. (Ashley Dean/Denverite)

Most of Colorado Mills is expected to remain closed for the third day Wednesday after a hail storm earlier this week caused significant flooding at the mall in Lakewood.

Mall management closed Colorado Mills, near West Colfax Avenue and Interstate 70, after Monday’s storm. It’s unclear when the entire shopping center will reopen, but Target is expected to be operating at 10 a.m. Wednesday, a spokesperson for the mall said.

Colorado Mills is owned by Simon Property Group Inc. The Indianapolis-based commercial real estate company did not respond to questions about the extent of damage at Colorado Mills or about the last time the roof of the shopping center was checked or repaired.

In 2016, Simon Property Group used more than a third — $99.7 million — of its expense budget on repairs and maintenance of its more than 200 properties, according to the company’s 2016 annual report. The company didn’t say how much, if any, went to Colorado Mills.

Instead, Simon Property Group said in a statement, “Colorado Mills will remain temporarily closed as a result of damage from the hail storm on May 8. Our priority is to open our doors as quickly as possible while ensuring a safe and enjoyable shopping experience. We appreciate the community’s patience.”

Colorado Mills has over 200 stores and restaurants including the Lego Store, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, H&M and Yard House. It’s unclear how many of those stores were impacted by the storm.

Business & data reporter Adrian D. Garcia can be reached via email at agarcia@denverite.com or twitter.com/adriandgarcia.

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