Halls to reopen after vandal sprays store, Crown Center areas with fire extinguishers

Halls had posted signs saying they were closed “due to unexpected maintenance.”
Halls had posted signs saying they were closed “due to unexpected maintenance.”

Halls Kansas City, a locally owned luxury department store in Crown Center, has been closed for clean-up after it was vandalized late Saturday night.

It plans to open for a fashion event Wednesday evening.

Halls president and CEO Kelly Cole said an individual was in a public space near the H Bar — Halls’ cafe, coffee shop and bar — after the store had closed. The person used multiple fire extinguishers to spray into the store and other public areas, Cole said.

Cole issued this statement: “The safety and security of our customers are our highest priority, and while the residue from the extinguishers is not toxic, we are in the midst of testing certain merchandise. We want to ensure they meet our strict standards of the highest quality garments for our long-time and loyal customers. We expect to be fully open by the end of this week and thank our customers for their patience as we return Halls to the pristine shopping experience they deserve.”

Cole said no merchandise hit by foam from the fire extinguishers would be sold.

A property damage report has been filed and Kansas City police are investigating. A description of the suspect was not available.

Halls originally opened in 1916 in a tiny space on fashionable Petticoat Lane in downtown Kansas City. It also had a location on the Country Club Plaza before consolidating in a 60,000-square-foot space on the top level of the Crown Center Shops in September 2014.

It has clothing and accessories in a range of prices. Designer brands include Oscar de la Renta, Prada and Gucci. It also sells home decor and cosmetics.

Halls will reopen for its fall fashion show with check-in at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in an area by The Bridge, its men’s and women’s contemporary sportswear department. The store will then be open until 9 p.m.

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