Five Wal-Mart Supercenters across the Treasure Valley — Ontario, Caldwell, Nampa, Meridian and Garden City — closed overnight because of heavy roof snow. But by 10:40 a.m. Wednesday, all reported on Facebook they were open again.
By 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Caldwell’s store and the Meridian store on East Fairview Avenue had announced reopening. Nampa’s 12th Avenue Road Supercenter and the Garden City store on East State Street followed suit about 10 a.m. Ontario’s store was the last to announce re-opening, about 10:40 a.m.
The goal was to reopen all five affected stores by mid-morning, national spokesman Charles Crowson said.
Crowson told the Idaho Statesman that crews cleared roofs and parking lots to prevent damage and protect customer and employee safety. No damage has been reported, he said, and similar precautions are also being taken at Valley Wal-Marts that haven’t closed.
In Ontario, the store manager called Malheur County Dispatch about 7 p.m. Tuesday to say the store closed for “precautionary measures” due to roof concerns, a dispatcher said.
The Facebook pages for the Caldwell Wal-Mart Supercenter and other locations posted this message late Tuesday night:
“As a precautionary measure for the safety of our customers and associates, we've made the decision to temporarily close the store to avoid any potential hazards from the recent weather. Again, this is just a precautionary measure and once the snow removal team is on site and has assisted us with the removal of snow from the roof and has determined we can reopen, we will do so. We apologize for the inconvenience and as soon as we have an update we will make a statement to let everyone know. Thank you.”