Car crashes into wall of Old Strathcona Antique Mall
'Thankfully, it was just clothing so it wasn’t anything breakable at least. It could have been a lot worse'
The Old Strathcona Antique Mall is made of some tough stuff. Well, maybe not the walls but the owners sure are.
How else would you explain a car driving through the side of the busy south Edmonton mainstay and them not closing for a single minute?
At around 11 a.m. Saturday, workers and shoppers alike were shaken by a loud bang. When they investigated, they found a car in a booth. Behind the wheel was a shaken young woman who had driven into the building while attempting to park.
"The car basically launched into the building. There wasn't a dent on the vehicle believe it or not. It was a BMW and apparently I should buy one next time," laughed Bobbi Weibel , who runs the mall with her mom Betty Reitan.
The car left, shall we say, an impression, on not only the shoppers and workers but the mall itself.
"Well, I mean there is a hole in the wall inside, I wouldn't describe it as a major hole… I would say the affected area is probably ten feet wide by fifteen feet high."
Thankfully, it was just clothing so it wasn't anything breakable at least. It could have been a lot worse.- Bobbi Weibel
The car partially went into a two-metre booth. Luckily, no one was hurt in the crash — not even the wares.
"Thankfully, it was just clothing so it wasn't anything breakable at least. It could have been a lot worse," said Weibel.
The mall, located at 10323 78th Avenue, has been a destination in Edmonton for over 18 years and boasts to be the largest in western Canada. They sell an eclectic mix including old clothes, furniture, vinyl records and video games.
The hole in the building was patched almost immediately. Plywood was brought in to cover the hole on the outside and the area inside has been taped and quartered off.
However, the crash did temporarily affect the building's electricity and knock out power to the mall's computer system.
"We didn't have power to our computer system so we had to hand write receipts. So it's like really going back to the whole antique way of doing things," said Weibel.
It makes one wonder what would actually have to happen to make the Old Strathcona Antique Mall shutter its doors, even for just a few moments.