No anticipated reopening date for Colorado Mills mall after Denver-area hail storm

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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)

The management of Colorado Mills does not yet know when the mall will reopen after a storm Monday caused flooding and other damages at the Lakewood shopping center.

"Our team is working hard to assess the scope of needed repairs, and we will share an anticipated reopening date once available," Simon Property Group Inc. said in a statement. The Indianapolis-based real estate company owns the 15-year-old mall.

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. Target at the mall reopened Wednesday and other retailers like Regal Cinemas could reopen on their own terms before the rest of the mall.

"Our priority is to open our doors as quickly as possible while ensuring a safe and enjoyable shopping experience. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate the community’s patience," the company said.

The city of Lakewood is working with Simon Property Group to ensure the mall is safe to enter.

"One of our building inspectors went to the mall yesterday to collaborate with the mall’s management and owners to ensure that the appropriate permits are pulled and inspections are done during the repair process," said Stacie Oulton, spokeswoman for the city.

Colorado Mill's roof would have been inspected in 2001 for the mall to receive a certificate of occupancy allowing people to work inside, according to the city.

"Our records don’t indicate that there has been any reroofing since that time," Oulton said.

Monday's storm dumped 1.75 to 2 inches of hail in the area near Colorado Mills, according to the National Weather Service. It's not immediately clear how that compares to past storms in the area.

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