Galleria reopening confirmed

Sprinklers were turned off; no explosives present
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Roughly 35 to 40 stores and restaurants at the Galleria will reopen at 10 a.m. Thursday, exactly one week after a suspected arson shut down the mall, Westfield confirmed Wednesday. The news follows an announcement from the City of Roseville that there is no longer a threat of explosives at the Galleria. City spokeswoman Megan MacPherson also confirmed Wednesday that sprinklers were shut off during Thursday’s fires, which evacuated the mall and took down a portion of its roof. She would not say how the city confirmed this information. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has recovered the items suspect Alexander Piggee carried into the mall, MacPherson said. She would not comment on the backpack Piggee said included a bomb, a threat he later retracted. But the bag is likely among the recovered items, as it was the key factor in the ATF’s decision to change the mall’s status from at-risk Monday to safe Tuesday. The change settled a contradiction in which mall officials said parts of the Galleria could reopen this week, despite warnings of an explosive. When the mall begins its first phase of reopenings Thursday, all driveway entrances will be open, with complimentary shuttles, according to a release. It stated that businesses in this phase include Nordstrom, Apple, Tiffany & Co., H&M, Sephora, Brooks Brothers, Urban Outfitters, Gap, Pottery Barn, Crate & Barrel, Il Fornaio, Pluto’s, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and the Cheesecake Factory. An earlier report from CBS 13 said another 80 stores are slated to reopen by Thanksgiving, including anchor stores JC Penney and Macy’s. Beginning next year, 40 other stores in the area of the fire could reopen, CBS said. But Westfield doesn't know which or how many tenants will be back in business next, according to a spokeswoman. Macy’s has previously said it hopes to reopen by Black Friday. ~ Lien Hoang