Refrigerators, freezers fail at Safeway on Patterson

By: Andie Adams Email
By: Andie Adams Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – A grocery store has to throw away all of its perishable foods after a power outage kills its freezers and refrigerators.

The outage happened Tuesday night between 11 p.m. and midnight at the Safeway on 2901 Patterson Road.

According to a store manager, a switchboard on the roof went out, which caused all the power to refrigerated units to turn off.

The closing manager noticed the outage and reported it, but the problem was not addressed until the following morning. That means the dairy, meat, frozen foods and all other perishables were left to warm up all night long.

When the store opened Wednesday morning, workers began cleaning everything up and throwing the food out.

They then put caution tape around the affected aisles so people could not get food from there, but the manager says there is a chance visitors bought perishable foods before the tape was put up early this morning.

She says if you bought any frozen or fresh food at that branch today, you should return it for a full refund.

Workers spent the day sanitizing the areas. According to the manager, new food should be delivered today, and crews will work through the night to be ready to sell perishables tomorrow morning when the store opens.

The store is still selling non-perishables today.

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