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Chandler Fashion, SanTan Village, other Valley malls close hours after Scottsdale looting

Posted at 2:30 PM, May 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 15:10:07-04

PHOENIX — Shopping centers and malls in the Phoenix area closed Sunday out of an abundance of caution, hours after stores and restaurants in Scottsdale were damaged, vandalized, and, in some cases, looted by crowds of people on Saturday evening.

Scottsdale Fashion Center was heavily damaged on Saturday and people were seen breaching one of the mall's entrances and running inside. The mall was closed Sunday and would remain closed until further notice, police said.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey also issued a statewide curfew that begins at 8 p.m. on Sunday. The curfew is in effect from 8 p.m. - 5 a.m. each night. It expires at 5 a.m. on Monday, June 8, unless extended.

Chandler Fashion Center in Chandler, Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix, SanTan Village in Gilbert, Superstition Springs in Mesa, Paradise Valley Mall in Phoenix, Desert Sky Mall in Phoenix, Kierland Commons in Phoenix, and Arrowhead Towne Center in Glendale were all closed Sunday, according to notices posted on their Facebook pages.

Images shared with ABC15 showed wooden boards being installed at Saks Fifth Avenue at Biltmore Fashion Park in Phoenix.

Scottsdale Quarter in Scottsdale said in a Facebook post that it would close out of an abundance of caution.

Tempe Marketplace in Tempe and Desert Ridge Marketplace in north Phoenix closed their shopping centers at 4 p.m. Sunday to comply with the governor's orders. They said Monday they would return to normal hours, closing at 6 p.m. starting June 1. They initially said it would close at 8 p.m., however, updated their schedule to 6 p.m.

Westgate Entertainment District decided to close at 5 p.m. on Sunday, according to its Facebook page.

Metrocenter mall in Phoenix also closed early out of an abundance of caution.

At last check, it was unclear if Arizona Mills or Phoenix Premium Outlets remained open. Simon Properties Group has not yet responded to requests for comment and updates were not posted to their websites or Facebook pages.