KENTWOOD—It was a true black Friday for a number of stores along 28th Street in Cascade. A power outage darkened stores and caused traffic signals to go out. But one store gave customers flashlights to shop with.
Consumers Power said one circuit was tripped at the Kraft Avenue substation, affecting 850 customers, many of them businesses along 28th Street.
Power was expected to be back on by 2 p.m., but as of 4:30 p.m., Consumers was still trying to isolate the problem.
The affected stretch of 28th Street is home to several retail stores, including Target, Meijer, and Bed Bath & Beyond.
The manager of the Bed Bath & Beyond store said his business was still open and honoring Black Friday sales despite the loss of electricity. Customers were given flashlights and invited to shop in the dark.
"We pulled in and got a glow stick and thought, we might as well shop," said customer Jennifer Schad from Greenville.
District Manager Don Kozaowski said it was unfortunate that the power went out on one of their busiest days of the year.
"We were enjoying our day we said, 'Uh oh,' the power went out," he said.
Target activated generators to keep it's computerized cash registers running during the outage. Shoppers there didn't seem to notice much of a difference. The same couldn't be said at Staples, Dick's Sporting Goods and Babies 'R Us, who had to turn customers away.
"They're hoping they'll be open in an hour," said Babies customer Vicki Scholma. "I don't think I'll stick around."