Yard Birds Remains Without Power for Second Week


For the second week in a row, the power has been turned off at the Yard Birds Shopping Center in Chehalis.

In a Monday morning meeting, Mall Manager Chris Young told The Chronicle that he, along with the new owner, Nick Perry, were having issues with paperwork involved with taking ownership of the mall and the Lewis County Public Utilities District (PUD).

“It’s been a lot of work getting the paperwork changed since we took over, and we hope to have power back on by the end of the week,” Young said.

The entire main building is currently locked up with signs posted apologizing for being closed due to a lack of power; however, The Chronicle did confirm that Los Consteños Taco Truck was still open in the eastern parking lot of the mall.

When asked to comment on the story, PUD Business Services Manager Jacob Henry said he was not allowed to discuss details of customer accounts.

“The account was disconnected, consistent with PUD policy requiring a current account balance,” Henry added. “We strive to serve our customers right. It’s not like we want to do this.”

The City of Chehalis filed a lawsuit against entities involved with the Yard Birds Shopping Center earlier this year after the mall allegedly failed to come into compliance with a number of city code violations.

Specifically, the lawsuit was filed against Peat LLC and R&D Research & Development LLC, with Chehalis seeking a warrant of abatement and potential condemnation of the Yard Birds Shopping Center, which is located at 2100 N. National Ave. in Chehalis.