Speculation that employees at North Arkansas Electric Cooperative threatened to turn off the electricity to the Salem Town and Country if it didn't reopen Dec. 22 after a winter storm hit are untrue, according to the owner of the store.
Salem Town and Country owner Bob Hufford said no threats were made against the store after it closed its doors at approximately 4 p.m. due to inclement weather.
Hufford said his office called the store and told them to reopen after he received several phone calls from customers who were waiting outside the store.
"I think this was just a big misunderstanding," Hufford said. "Several customers were upset and I completely understand that."
Store Manager Mike Burkhardt said his night manager closed the store after the Fulton County Sheriff's Office informed store management that several roads were closing due to the weather.
Hufford said the Fulton County Sheriff's Office offered to take home any employees who could not get home if the store would reopen.
The store reopened and closed at its normal closing time 9 p.m.