By Mina Williams Herald Writer
EDMONDS — Petosa’s Family Grocer, which closed down just before Easter after a malfunctioning fire sprinkler flooded the store, reopened over the weekend.
The sprinkler broke sometime between late April 6 and early April 7 and water flooded into the storeroom, restrooms, employee lunch room and onto the store’s sales floor. Businesses located below the store also suffered water damage.
The store at 550 Fifth Ave. S remained closed for a week for repair work, which needed to be signed off on by a health inspector.
Petosa’s Family Grocer has been owned by Betty Jo Petosa since 1986.
To show support for Petosa and the store’s employees, area business people, residents and customers have set 6:30 p.m. April 19 for a “cash mob.”
Cash mobs are events promoted through social media and word of mouth. When the group has gathered, they enter the business and spend their money, up to $20.
Petosa’s cash mob participants plan to meet between 6 and 6:30 p.m. at the 400 block of Howell Way, in front of the MS Helping Hands and Edmonds Auto Body located below Petosa’s.
Hamburger Harry’s is offering mobbers who show their receipt happy hour prices until 9 p.m. April 19.
The store was stocked with more food than usual in anticipation of shoppers readying for Easter dinners. Because of the closure, the store’s perishable inventory – undamaged selections from the meat case, deli department and all the produce – were quickly prepared for donation to the Carol Rowe Memorial Food Bank.