Berkshire Mall closed again due to power outage

The Berkshire Mall in Lanesborough closed again on Thursday due to a power outage. Solomon's Furniture, Regal Cinemas and Target remained open.

LANESBOROUGH —The Berkshire Mall went dark — again.

For the second time in five weeks, the mall experienced a blackout, forcing mall management to close the majority of the shopping complex Thursday.

All public entrances were locked and posted with handwritten notes stating that the mall was closed. Only Solomon's Furniture and Target, with separate entrances, and Regal Cinemas remained open. The public entrance to Regal was open, but beyond that, access to the mall was gated off.

What caused the power failure is unknown, as was the case when nearly a dozen stores closed Jan. 16 because of an unexplained interruption of electricity to the outlets. Solomon, Regal and Target also remained unaffected by that outage.

The mall's owner had little to say about the partial blackout.

"We're resolving it," said Mike Kohan, principal owner of Berkshire Mall Realty Holding LLC.

Kohan noted in January that each tenant pays its own electric bill and that the mall is responsible for electricity in the common areas, such as hallways.

An Eversource spokeswoman, as she did last month, told The Eagle that the utility has experienced no problems with its infrastructure serving the mall.

Thursday's blackout is the latest black mark against the mall, which, at 720,000 square feet, is the county's largest enclosed retail complex.

A stream of tenants has left the mall since Kohan bought the struggling 30-year-old shopping center for $3.5 million in September 2016.

Berkshire Mall Realty is a subsidiary of Kohan Retail Investment Group of Great Neck, N.Y.

The mall could change hands again if the Baker Hill Road District is allowed to buy the commercial property toward repurposing and revitalizing it.

Baker Hill is seeking special state legislation giving the public entity the right to own the mall. The district was formed shortly after the mall was built, to oversee the maintenance of the US7-MA8 Connector Road that links Route 7 with state Route 8, giving shoppers access to the mall from both highways.

Dick Lindsay can be reached at rlindsay@berkshireeagle.com and 413-496-6233.