RI Store to Reopen at Mall a Year After Flooding

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) – The largest anchor store at the Warwick Mall in Rhode Island is about to reopen nearly a year after flooding caused major damage across the state.

Macy's is set to reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday. The 186,000-square-foot, two-story store was gutted and renovated based on Macy's latest store prototype.

The mall was forced to close in March of last year when historic flooding hit Rhode Island. A least 2 feet of muddy water seeped into the building. It took months for many stores in the mall to
reopen.

Macy's officials say they've hired back most of the workers who lost their jobs last year, and some positions remain open. The mall and its tenants spent a total of $110 million on renovations after
the flooding.
      
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