On Busiest Day Outage Freezes Grocery Sales

BAR HARBOR — Problems with the electric supply going into the Hannaford supermarket caused an all-day outage at the store on July 3, during what is typically the grocer’s busiest day of the year.

Store officials were forced to run the building on backup generators, which are meant to power the computers, lights and cash registers, but not the refrigerators. As a result, meat, deli and dairy items all had to be removed from the shelves and were unavailable by mid-morning.

“There was probably no worse time for that to happen,” Mr. Boyce said. “It affected prettty much anything you’d want on a holiday weekend.”

Just about 9:15 a.m., a three-phase electrical wire coming from the power pole to the store suffered a line break, Mr. Boyce said, although the cause is unclear.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]