The state’s malls will reopen with a limited number of store options on June 1.The reopening of Christiana Mall is allowed under the Phase 1 order from Gov. John Carney. The number of shoppers is limited to 30 percent of total occupancy.
The mall attracts shoppers from throughout the region, thanks in part to the lack of a sales tax in Delaware. Health officials here and elsewhere worry that crowds not observing social distancing and shopping indoors can lead to community spread of coronavirus.
Some of the more popular stores at Christiana Mall have not announced reopening plans, one of the most notable being The Apple Store.
Anchors Nordstrom and Macys will reopen. At present, J.C. Penney remains closed, after filing for Bankruptcy Protection.
Target remained open throughout the governor’s shutdown order since it is listed as an essential business, due to its grocery and pharmacy departments.
That designation drew fire from smaller merchants that offered clothing, home goods and other items that remained available at Target. However, those stores were barred from reopening and were limited in recent days to appointments or curbside service.
Management of the mall, owned by real estate giant, Brookfield Properties, indicated that more reopenings are in the works and advised shoppers to log on here for updates.
Traffic at the mall will be closely watched since it is considered one of the nation’s top malls in terms of sales per square foot.
Concord Mall will also open on June 1 with anchors Boscov’s and Macy”s expected to open their doors. The mall has been hurt by the earlier closing of the Sears store
Boscov’s will also open a free-standing store at Christiana Town Center near the mall of the same name.
The Boscov’s at Dover Mall will also open on June 1. Dover Mall itself, owned by shopping center giant, Simon, has not formally announced reopening plans.
Tanger Outlets has been largely closed in Rehoboth Beach, although the Columbia Care medical marijuana store remained open.