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Eastern Indiana mall damaged by June tornado set to reopen

July 2, 2019

RICHMOND, Ind. (AP) — An eastern Indiana shopping mall damaged by a June tornado is set to reopen less than three weeks after that storm.

The June 15 tornado swept Richmond Mall with winds of up to 85 mph (136 kph), damaging the 391,000-square-foot mall and many of its stores.

But the Palladium-Item reports that the mall’s owner, Augusta, Georgia-based Hull Property Group, says the mall’s interior and many of those stores will reopen Tuesday, although repairs continue on some stores.

A statement by the company credits the city of Richmond and “countless others” for helping the mall “to reopen so quickly after such a powerful storm.”

The mall’s JC Penney and Office Max stores were most heavily damaged by the tornado. They remain closed due to ongoing repair work.

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Information from: Palladium-Item, http://www.pal-item.com