Bangor Walmart Supercenter is preparing to open a portion of the store, after a fire forced it to close a week ago.

Why Did the Store Close?

The store has remained shuttered since a fire was set in the men's clothing section on Friday, November 3rd. Videos taken by patrons and posted to social media showed large flames and sprinklers dousing them. Extensive smoke and water damage forced operators to close the store indefinitely while they assessed the extent of the damage and got it cleaned up.

Was Anyone Arrested?

On Saturday, November 4th, Lucas Landry of Smyrna was arrested after officials identified him from security footage. He's been charged with arson. At the time of his arrest, Landry was on probation for an unrelated burglary charge.

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Submitted photo/Penobscot County Jail
Submitted photo/Penobscot County Jail

When Will It Reopen?

Now, WABI-TV is reporting that the store will open the grocery section of the store at 8:00 Friday morning, November 10th and 6:00 Saturday morning, November 11th. The rest of the store will remain closed to customers and there with no access beyond the grocery section, as the clean-up continues. So far, there's no indication about when the store will close on those days.

Calls to the Walmart store in Bangor went unanswered.

We'll update this story as more details become available. 

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