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Outdoor shopping centers reopen in Arizona, while indoor shopping malls remain closed a while longer

Posted at 8:31 AM, May 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-09 01:25:14-04

CHANDLER, AZ — ABC15 has learned that Macerich plans to reopen its outdoor shopping centers in the Phoenix area on Friday, May 8, while its indoor malls will remain closed for a bit longer.

However, individual stores inside its malls may reopen for curbside pickups or appointments, as allowed under Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's executive order.

Beginning on Friday, Macerich-owned outdoor shopper centers, including Kierland Commons, Biltmore Fashion Park, and SanTan Village will reopen, ABC15 has learned.

Macerich-owned indoor shopping malls, including Arrowhead Towne Center, Chandler Fashion Center, Desert Sky Mall, Paradise Valley Mall, Scottsdale Fashion Square, and Superstition Springs Center will remain open for curbside order pickups or special appointments only. Stores that have street-facing entrances will also be allowed to reopen.

Exactly which stores will be open and in what capacity is up to the customer to find out. Macerich -- and other shopping centers in the area -- have been posting updates on their websites, but also encouraging shoppers to contact the stores individually.

It was not immediately clear when Macerich expects to fully reopen its malls.

Under Ducey's most recent executive order, retail stores, hair salons, and barbershops can begin to fully reopen on Friday, as long as they can maintain social distancing for customers and employees and follow CDC guidelines. Restaurants can reopen their dining rooms on Monday, May 11. Arizona's stay-at-home order, however, does remain in effect through May 15.

Phoenix Premium Outlets, an outdoor shopping center owned by Simon Properties Group, also confirmed that it would reopen on Friday, May 8. Arizona Mills, however, is not scheduled to reopen until May 16, according to Simon's website.

Scottsdale Quarter, an outdoor shopping center across the street from Kierland Commons, and managed by Washington Prime Group, said in an email on Friday morning that the shopping center would reopen Friday.

Some restaurants deemed essential at Desert Ridge Marketplace and Tempe Marketplace remained open during the stay-at-home order, but retail stores have begun to reopen this week, a spokesperson for both properties said in a statement.

Tanger Outlets near Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale will also reopen for business on Friday, a spokesperson confirmed, though shoppers should contact individual stores to check their hours and reopening schedule.