Water from malfunctioning sprinkler system closes Petosa’s Family Grocer, damages other businesses
Updated at 5:40 p.m. Saturday with additional information, photos of damage
A malfunctioning sprinkler system caused significant water damage overnight to Petosa’s Family Grocer in downtown Edmonds and the store will be closed until at least Monday or Tuesday, according to a store employee we talked with Saturday morning.
The water damage spread to four of five businesses located underneath the store as well Bill Wilson of Wilson Investments, the landlord for the building tenants, said that the cause of the sprinkler system problem is still being investigated. No dollar estimate has been placed yet on damages, he added.
Wilson said his father built the entire shopping center complex in 1969, and that the space now occupied by Petosa’s was originally the site of an A&P grocery store.
Bill Brayer, founder and president of My Edmonds News sponsor MS Helping Hands reported that their Donor Closet location at 409 Howell Way was not affected and will be open for business as usual next week. It’s unknown at this time how long the other businesses below Petosa’s will be affected, although numerous crews were on site Saturday afternoon pulling out water-soaked carpeting and ceiling tiles.