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Giant Eagle Market District store in Green reopens after concerns over roof

Beacon Journal staff report

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The Green Fire Department evacuated the Giant Eagle Market District store off Massillon Road on Tuesday morning after sections of the store’s roof bowed under the weight of snow and ice.

Officials noticed bowing where vertical electrical conduit casings connect with the roof. The store was closed for about three hours and reopened around 1 p.m.

Green fire Capt. Randy Raines said the casings bowed by about 8 inches in several locations in the older section of the recently expanded store.

There were about 40 customers in the store at the time when it was evacuated. The store is also home to a Huntington Bank branch.

Workers were brought in to remove snow and ice from the roof.

The Summit County Engineer’s Office and engineers from Giant Eagle officials were called in to inspect the roof.

Raines said several inches of ice covered by several inches of snow were on the store’s roof before crews were able to remove some of it.

He said the concern was additional ice could form on the roof as the temperature dips above and below freezing over the next few days.

Dan Donovan, Giant Eagle spokesperson, said the company was made aware of some “minor roof maintenance” at its Green Market District store.

Donovan said a decision was made “out of an abundance of caution” to temporarily close the store while the roof was inspected and some of the heavy ice and snow were removed.

“There [were] no injuries to Team Members or customers, nor was any product damaged as a result of the maintenance issue,” he said in a statement.

While the store was closed, dozens of shoppers had to be turned away by Summit County Sheriff’s deputies stationed outside.

The Giant Eagle was converted into an 85,000-square-foot Market District store in November.


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