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Power outage closes Wilmington Walmart for hours

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The Walmart Supercenter on Sigmon Road in Wilmington was forced to close its doors after a power outage around 5 a.m.

Walmart employees were standing at the doors and at various spots around the parking lot to tell customers that they were forced to close due to the outage.

Power was finally restored around 1 p.m.

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walmart power outage

I certainly hope that duke energy will reimburse walmart for their lost sales revenue

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Walmart carries BI insurance(Business Interruption)for incidents like this.

There goes food safety out the window,,,,

Eight hours with no power for the freezers and refrigerators. Do they discard the frozen items that have started to defrost, and the eggs, milk, and meat that were above safe temperatures?
Does the county health department / NC department of agriculture even know now about the temperature excursions?

I've seen Food Lion - yes, Food Lion - start tossing stuff after a few hour power outage.

I was working for Harris

I was working for Harris Teeter when Hurricanes Bertha and Fran came through. The one I worked at called in a couple of refrigeration trucks to store the perishables in. The one storing the meat got too cold and the meat got frozen. They could no longer sell it as fresh meat, so they ended up giving it to the employees. There was a lot of things I hated about that company, but they try to maintain the integrity of the food they sell. I always loved that they gave free ice and water to the public when the storms came through.

I worked at Walmart years

I worked at Walmart years ago. When customers would leave cold or frozen items strewn about the store, or get up to the register and tell the cashier they didn't want the items, those cold/frozen items would go into a cart by customer service and sit there for quite a while before being put BACK! I can only hope that they have cleaned up their act since then, but based on my prior knowledge, I am hesitant to believe that they discarded anything after the power outage. Walmart is about the almighty dollar, after all. Wouldn't want to cut into the disgustingly high profits of the high level executives and the Walton family.

That's nonsense

Wal-Mart's a large successful operation and didn't get to be that way by being stupid. Regardless of whether the health department knew, I'm sure Wal-Mart took care of business just like any successful grocery supplier would. They carry insurance for things just like this.

Why would you think otherwise? Did you think that Wal-Mart was a mom and pop bodega? "Thimk" before you come up with silly conjectures.