After being closed due to damage to its false ceiling, the Sportsman’s Warehouse in Soldotna was reopened as of Wednesday afternoon.
“The whole store is open,” Store Manager Jake Sherlock said. “We had an area that had to be segregated just for construction so they could shore it up and get the new repairs made, but we just moved the product that was in that area to other parts of the store. So our entire store is still shopable.”
Employees were preparing for the work day Monday when they noticed the false ceiling, a second ceiling concealing the original, was bulging, and some of the sprinkler heads were pushed down several inches, said Brad Nelson, Central Emergency Services safety officer.
Maintenance personnel entered a space between the false ceiling and the roof and discovered at least one damaged structural beam pushing down on the store's sprinkler system. The system had been pushed down about 12 inches. Damage to the ceiling was located above the fishing supplies section of the store.
CES responders shut off the store's sprinkler and alarm systems and engineers evaluated the extent of the damage. Snow was removed last week from the building’s roof using snow throwers, but it is unknown whether the damage occurred before or after the removal.