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Chapel Hill Mall tenants notified for the second time this year that electric bill has not been paid

Could the power be shut off at the Akron mall?

AKRON, Ohio — For the second time this year, Chapel Hill Mall tenants are in danger of being in the dark. 

On Tuesday, FirstEnergy confirmed to 3News that a five-day notification that the lighting bill had not been paid went out to mall tenants earlier in the morning. 

There is no word from the mall on when the bill may be taken care of, but FirstEnergy says it is working on a solution.

A similar letter showed up on tenants' doorsteps this past April.

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Ohio Edison informed Chapel Hill tenants then that electricity would be turned off because mall management hadn’t paid the bill. The letters delivered to tenants were a sent as a courtesy from FirstEnergy so they'd have time to move perishables and make plans to be without power.

Chapel Hill Mall in Akron, like many around the country, has seen a steady decline in foot traffic and tenants. But for those business owners who have chosen to stay, a letter saying they could lose power was shocking. 

Many visitors and tenants, reflecting on what the mall once was, remain hopeful that the mall will somehow, someway make a comeback.

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