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PoS blackout hampers shop-fest

Wednesday, December 25 2013

CHRISTMAS Eve shopping was almost cut short for many after a brief blackout in downtown Port-of-Spain.

Frederick, Chacon and Abercromby streets along with Independence Square lost electricity at about 2.15 pm. The malls along the street quickly closed up shop with some worrying that their Christmas sales would have been severely affected.

Capital Plaza on Frederick Street was one such mall that shut its doors as soon as the electricity went out. Excellent Mall remained opened as Excellent Stores had a generator and continued selling as usual.

Other businesses also continued to sell despite the darkness including Shoe Land on Frederick Street. The manager who refused to give her name said the owner was going for lanterns so that they could continue their Christmas Eve sales. Stars Exclusive, a clothes store on Frederick Street had a rack of clothing selling on the pavement before the electricity went out. They benefitted from the power outage because the people who were asked to leave the malls went to those who were selling on the street to buy their Christmas presents.

When Newsday contacted Richard Kissoon, Trinidad and Tobago Electricity Commission (TTEC) area manager (north) he said the loss of electricity was due to a cable fault at the Woodford Square substation, Port-of-Spain.

He said workers were quickly attending to the problem to ensure that electricity was restored. He said the cable would have remained down and in the meantime they would focus on redistributing electricity to Frederick Street so the businesses could be up and running and then they would have focused on the other areas. Electricity later returned to all areas at about 3.19 pm.

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