Power outage leaves shoppers at The Grove in the dark


It was lights out Thursday evening at The Grove as dark businesses shut their doors to some disappointed customers. 


“I was coming expecting to go to Veggie Grill and hang out at The Grove and everything was shut off,” customer, Enrique Ruano, said. “I was just frustrated and kind of irritated about it.”


“We like shopping at the American Girl doll store and Barns & Noble and nothing is open,” another woman said. 


The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power said the power went out at the popular shopping destination and nearby businesses in the Fairfax District around 3:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. About 3,450 customers, including those at The Grove and, on the other side of Third Street, at the Park La Brea apartment complex were still without power as of 1:30 a.m Friday. 


As of about 8:30 a.m. Friday, about 3,500 utility customers were still without electricity in the area, according to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. 


The cause of the outage was under investigation.


Many customers were forced to make alternative dinner plans. 


“We are trying desperately to make some reservations somewhere else, but it’s short notice for seven people it might be a little difficult,” one customer said. 


Retailers like The Container Store closed up shop early. 


“Pretty much we tried to get all the customers to the front to check out because it’s a safety hazard,” an employee said. 


Barnes and Noble was forced to cancel the appearance of some social media stars, much to the disappointment of a large group of teen girls. 


“They wouldn’t let us in because of the power outage,” Aly Martin, who was visiting from Florida, said. 


Once it became clear the power wasn’t coming on anytime soon, more businesses called it quits for the night. 


“The refrigerator, the cash register, the lights, nothing is working,” a Veggie Grill employee said. 


Kmart across the street ordered in 150 pounds of dry ice to keep the food cool. 


“They were like, it’s an emergency we need you guys right away.” Oscar Mena, who works for Pachanga Ice, said. 


The only positive about this? “We got free parking, that’s the best,” one woman exclaimed. 



The Farmer’s Market on 3rd and Fairfax wasn’t affected by the outage.

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