by Sue Ann Rybak
Things went sour quickly after a power outage at Weavers Way Co-op, 8424 Germantown Ave. in Chestnut Hill, Monday night caused all of its perishable goods, including prepared food, meat, seafood and dairy products to spoil.
Weavers Way General Manager Jon Roesser said PECO turned the electricity off because it was doing work near Germantown and Willow Grove avenues. PECO initially told Weavers Way that the electricity would be off for five to 10 minutes while they switched electrical lines.
“After five or 10 minutes the power in the building did go back on, but the line they switched us to couldn’t support our compressors,” he said. “We have a pretty high electrical load (the amount of voltage needed) because of all compressor units needed to run our refrigeration system.
“The lights and the registers were on and the phones still worked, but none of the compressor units were running.”
He said then PECO sent someone to the store to disconnect their compressor rack. Weavers Way cooling system was off from Monday at about 9:40 p.m. to Tuesday around 10 a.m.
Greg Smore, a spokesman for PECO, said the crews were conducting emergent maintenance work on Aug. 24 near the 8400 block of Germantown Avenue that was initially expected to take approximately four to five hours to complete.
“Our crew began their work at 9:30 p.m. and while they were completing their work the crew identified additional repairs that needed to be made, which extended the duration of the work.”
Smore added that PECO recently contacted Weavers Way to answer any questions they may have about filing a claim.
Roesser said the store is still assessing how much product was lost. He estimates that the store had to throw out between $25,000 and $30,000 worth of merchandise.
“The customers were all good sports about it,” he added. “We were able to refer some people down to our Mt. Airy store. Tuesdays are usually very busy days for us because it is our senior discount day.”
Roesser said due to the power outage the store is offering their senior discount today.