BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – The driver of a car lost control and slammed right into the Old Navy at the Shops at Boardman Park on Wednesday, knocking over one of the displays.
People said it was something they never expected in the middle of the holiday shopping rush.
“Very shocked. Yeah, it’s crazy,” said shopper Amy Porter.
According to firefighters who responded, the driver meant to step on the brake but hit the gas pedal instead, crashing into the building. The car went halfway into the store, through a wall of glass windows.
HBK Principal Nick Odille saw it when he went to ring the Salvation Army bell for HBK outside of Barnes & Noble.
“No laughter. There was definitely some concern. A lot of empathy for the people that were probably in there shopping and may have had a little bit of a surprise this morning,” he said.
The driver, an older woman, was not injured.
Construction workers worked as quickly as possible to fix the window so the store could reopen.
“Extremely disappointed because I have to work in 30 minutes and I don’t have any other time. So I came over here just to get pants and they’re closed,” Porter said.
The store is famous for its deals, signs showing 60% off on Wednesday.
Shopper Theresa Smith didn’t really know what Old Navy had inside. It just so happened she was shopping for one of their most popular items.
“First time I’ve ever come to Old Navy because my sister wanted to meet here. So I said I’ll come and see what kind of pajamas they have. Lo and behold, we pull up and there’s the window busted out,” Smith said.
She had to wait. Her sister was just as anxious because she hadn’t seen the work out front. When she saw the sign on the door that said the store was closed, she couldn’t shop.
“This is like the third time I’ve been here this week, so I just wanted to return something and get something else. I am very disappointed about it because Old Navy is one of my favorite stores,” said shopper Sheila Moore.
The fire chief said there’s no structural damage to the building.
Old Navy is still conducting business. If you have an online order, go to the door and workers will give it to you. No customers are allowed inside right now, however.
The store said they will probably just wait until Thursday to reopen.
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