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Some metro Detroit malls to reopen this week — with changes

Three of the region’s most high-profile regional shopping centers are due to reopen later this week following a complete shutdown since the end of March.

The owners of Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in Auburn Hills, Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi and Somerset Collection in Troy say patrons can shop there once again beginning Thursday and Friday.

Bloomfield Hills-based Taubman Centers Inc. (NYSE: TCO), which owns Great Lakes Crossing and Twelve Oaks, said the two malls will reopen Thursday with shorter hours. Southfield-based Forbes Co., which owns Somerset, said it will open the high-end mall on West Big Beaver Road on Friday.

Great Lakes Crossing and Twelve Oaks will reopen with 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday schedules, and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, a spokeswoman for Taubman said Tuesday.

Which tenants open and their hours may vary initially, the company said in an email.

“In compliance with the (state) mandate, retailers will manage appointments and occupancy with customers,” Taubman Centers said. “Curbside pickup is available from participating retailers.”

More details were pending from Somerset Collection.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered nonessential businesses in the state closed in March and, although malls were originally exempted from the executive order because they are generally large spaces allowing for more social distancing, their doors were mostly shut within the week as tenants closed up shop amid the COVID-19 pandemic that has killed more than 5,200 in Michigan to date.

Last week, Whitmer said car dealerships and retailers that were closed could reopen showrooms and stores starting today, with a limit of 10 customers at a time and by appointment only.

“The congregation of people inside is what’s so dangerous and that’s why appointment-only gives us the ability to start to re-engage this sector of our economy,” Whitmer said.

Bloomfield Hills-based Taubman said the malls will have hand sanitizing stations and make seating in food court areas appropriately socially distant by removing some seating and trays. In addition, the malls will be regularly cleaned and disinfected and play areas will be closed. Drinking fountains will also be disabled and signs will be posted around the malls encouraging social distancing and face mask usage.

Macomb Mall in Roseville will also reopen and allow retail tenants to open by appointment only in addition to continuing curbside pickup by appointment or online fulfillment.

“Ten or less customers were allowed in stores that decided to open today, Tuesday, May 26, 2020,” according to a statement from Macomb Mall. “Customers should contact their favorite retailer for their hours. Thus far, only a few tenants have chosen to operate for curbside pickup.” The statement said Macomb Mall has implemented a more comprehensive, deep-cleaning protocol and has security and janitorial on staff to “ensure the safety of customers and tenants.”


Posted By: Crain’s Detroit Business on May 26, 2020.  For more information, please click here to read the source article.

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