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Story updated at 5:20 p.m. with clarified information from Ameren on the power outage.

ST. LOUIS • The owner of the iconic Crown Candy Kitchen hinted at a move out of St. Louis on Saturday, angered by what he called "shoddy infrastructure" in the city's north side, with power outages costing him money.

"Beyond frustrated with this situation in north city and the apparent shoddy infrastructure that we have up here almost like we are not that important," Andy Karandzieff wrote on Twitter. "Sadly I’m stuck in this crappy position. Hurts my stomach thinking about having to relocate to the county but..."

In a second tweet, he provides more detail: "So apparently we had another power outrage and this time it fried my soda fountain compressor (and) will cost upwards of $5000 to replace possibly compounding the thousands I’ve lost from previous (outages). Wonder if I can hold accountable for any of this."

Karandzieff, on vacation in Mexico, took to Twitter after his manager called to let him know that the power surge had killed the compressor.

"This is the fourth power outage since April or May," he told the Post-Dispatch by phone, sitting poolside at his vacation resort. Each time Ameren apologizes and says it will fix the problem, Karandzieff said.

The threat to move out of the city was not just a flip remark made on Twitter, he said.

"As of right now, I'd like to say no" it's not, Karandzieff told the Post-Dispatch. "External forces beyond my control might force my hand. I have to take a serious look at what's going on in my world. I run a pretty tight ship. I'm cash poor and chocolate rich as we prepare for the holidays."

The most recent power issue knocked out power to the compressor to the main case holding ice cream where sundaes, malts and shakes are made, he said. As the ice cream melts, the manager has to take the containers back to the walk-in freezer, then pull them out again once it has hardened.

In an earlier power outage, the DVD for security cameras was destroyed, costing more than $1,000 to replace. The power outages are happening during business hours, which forces customers to be turned away, Karandzieff said.

"We're serving as much as we can before the ice cream goes soft but you can only do so much," he said. "We are not going to serve a bad product, soft and mushy ice cream."

At 11:20 a.m. Saturday, the ice cream parlor owner tweeted: "Gonna jam all day at the pool...@ The Royal Playa del Carmen."

Shortly thereafter, he got the call from his Crown Candy manager, and the tone of the tweets changed.

"I'm here for two more days and it's frustrating because it's happening while I'm not there," Karandzieff said.

He said Ameren has promised to fix the problem, but that clearly has not happened.

"After the third one, a vice president came in, shook my hand and said: 'We're going to take care of it. We've got a top crew coming here and will get the problem resolved.' They always have an excuse, but their excuses don't pay my bills."

An Ameren spokesman said Saturday there was an eight second power outage about 8:20 a.m. that would have affected Crown Candy.

"There's a lot of aging equipment out there," said Jeff Trammel, of Ameren. The company plans to invest $1 billion over five years beginning in 2019 to upgrade its system and reduce power outages, he said.

Trammel said the utility company will be in contact with Karandzieff to talk about damage to his equipment.

Crown Candy, in the Old North St. Louis neighborhood, opened in 1913, filled with tiny booths, Coca-Cola collectibles and a counter displaying homemade chocolates. It bills itself as "St. Louis' oldest soda fountain" and is known for its long lines, fast, friendly service and "heart stopping BLT."

Doug Moore is a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.