BELLINGHAM - A local toy store is hoping to get back on track after a tough weekend dealing with a broken water pipe.
Water began pouring into the back room of Little Tiger Toys, 112 Grand Ave, around 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. It came from a previously frozen pipe in a vacant apartment above the store, according to store manager Selah Tay-Song.
When the water started pouring in, the four employees and customers reacted quickly, moving inventory out of the way, Tay-Song said. Because of the floor's slant, water made its way to the front of the store, forcing the employees and customers to clear a path for it.
"I'm very grateful on how fast everyone reacted. Considering how much water poured into our store, the damage we sustained could have been a lot worse," Tay-Song said. "Our biggest loss was in sales. Having the store closed on a Saturday this time of year can cost us thousands of dollars."
The water flowed into the store for about an hour until a plumber arrived. The Bellingham Fire Department prevented further damage by containing and removing the water.
The holiday shopping season typically determines whether a retail store will be profitable for the entire year. Before Saturday's closure, the store was experiencing sluggish sales, and Tay-Song is hoping for an uptick in the final few weeks of the season.
Tay-Song said the damage will be covered by insurance.
The plan is to fully reopen the store Tuesday, Dec. 10. Hours of operation will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. this week and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. next week.
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