Great Northern Mall closes for the second time this year

Clay, NY – Great Northern Mall is closed again, this time due to a power outage.

Owner Mike Kohan said Tuesday morning that a power outage prevented the mall from opening. He said he was having electricians verify the cause and expects power to return later in the day.

“It’ll go up in a few hours,” he said.

National Grid spokesman Jared Paventi confirmed power was cut at the mall, but said he could not comment further as it involved a specific customer account.

Today’s situation is the latest evidence of a nearly empty mall struggling to keep its doors open.

Earlier this year, the mall was closed for a month after leaks and flooding forced it to close.

Shoppers Jeff and Robin Clifford, of Lysander, found the mall’s doors locked on Tuesday morning, but no sign as to why the mall was closed.

“We had an order to pick up from Old Navy,” Robin Clifford said. “I hope it won’t last long.”

Although there are less than a dozen stores left in the mall, Clifford said she visits some of them regularly, including Old Navy and Shoe Dept., and hopes the mall will survive.

“We live nearby, and the stores that are here, we appreciate them,” she said. “It’s convenient for this area. It’s an old fashioned mall. You can park, enter the store you want and leave.

The Great Northern Mall was closed on Tuesday April 5, 2022 due to a power outage. (Rick Moriarty | [email protected])

Kohan bought the mall in 2017 for $8.5 million. According to records obtained by | The Post-Standard through a Freedom of Information Act request.

Opened in 1988, Great Northern has lost all of its flagship stores and most of its smaller stores in recent years.

Kohan is nearly $5 million behind in paying mall property taxes, and Onondaga County is threatening to foreclose on the property if the taxes aren’t paid.

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