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Indoor shopping malls around Phoenix to reopen Saturday: What you need to know

Posted at 8:32 PM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-15 15:56:16-04

PHOENIX — Following the opening of several outdoor shopping centers in the Phoenix area last week, indoor malls and shopping centers will fully reopen on Saturday, May 16, one day after the state's stay-at-home order expires.

While the malls themselves will reopen, it is up to each individual store to decide when they would like to reopen and what safety protocols to implement. Some malls have been keeping a list of which stores have reopened on their websites, though it has also been recommended for shoppers to contact specific stores directly to check on hours.

Over the last two weeks, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has begun to lift restrictions on industries that were ordered closed in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. To date, hospitals can conduct elective surgeries; retail stores, barbershops, hair salons, and nail salons, were given the green light to reopen; restaurants reopened their dining rooms again; and most recently, pools, gyms, massage therapists, and movie theaters were given the OK to open.

These shopping centers will reopen on Saturday:

  • Arizona Mills, 5000 S Arizona Mills Circle, Tempe, AZ 85282
  • Arrowhead Towne Center, 7700 W. Arrowhead Towne Center, Glendale, AZ 85308-8612
  • Chandler Fashion Center, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd, Chandler, AZ 85226
  • Desert Sky Mall, 7611 W Thomas Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85033
  • Paradise Valley Mall, 4568 E. Cactus Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85032
  • Scottsdale Fashion Square, 7014 East Camelback, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
  • Superstition Springs Center, 6555 E Southern Ave., Mesa, AZ 85206

Simon Properties Group, which manages Arizona Mills in Tempe and Phoenix Premium Outlets in Chandler, said on its website it would implement a number of changes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, including requiring mall employees to wear masks and to undergo temperature checks before their shift; reducing entrances and the number of people allowed inside each location, including at the food court; and cleaning high-touch areas.

Macerich, which operates a number of malls and shopping centers in the Valley, including Scottsdale Fashion Square and Chandler Fashion Center, said it was following CDC-recommended guidelines, including cleaning high-touch areas, encouraging social distancing, and installing more signage about COVID-19 prevention.

Metrocenter Mall in Phoenix reopened on May 9, according to its website.

These outdoor shopping centers fully reopened on May 8, the day when retail stores in Arizona were allowed to fully reopen, if they chose to.

  • Kierland Commons, 15205 N. Kierland Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85254
  • Biltmore Fashion Park, 2502 E. Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
  • SanTan Village, 2218 E. Williams Field Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85295
  • Tanger Outlets, 6800 N. 95th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85305
  • Phoenix Premium Outlets, 4976 Premium Outlet Way, Chandler, AZ 85226
  • Scottsdale Quarter, 15059 N. Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
  • Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N Tatum Blvd., Phoenix, AZ 85050
  • Tempe Marketplace, 2000 E Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe, AZ 85281
  • Westgate Entertainment District, 6751 N Sunset Blvd., Glendale, AZ 85305