Independence Center executives have announced the shopping center will reopen May 15, though the full list of stores that will open has not yet been finalized.
One anchor tenant, Macy’s, will start offering curbside pickup for online purchases Monday and will open inside for customers on May 18, said Raelene Trumm, the mall’s general manager. The mall has not confirmed whether anchor tenants Dick’s Sports Goods and Dillard’s will reopen on May 15, though Dick’s has maintained curbside pickup for online purchases during the coronavirus pandemic.
Trumm said shoppers will be encouraged but not required to wear masks, and each retailer has its own policy regarding masks. Jackson County’s guidelines say employees should wear masks.
The mall has been closed since March 20 – with a couple exceptions – due to the pandemic. A couple mall tenants have remained open as essential businesses. Petland has been open by appointment only for pet essentials such as food and supplements, and Noodles & Company has been open for carry-out only, per local restaurant restrictions.
The mall food court will be open, with distance guidelines and other public health precautions in place, though the play area will remain closed.
Macy’s reopened dozens of stores in other states this week. Shoppers in that store will notice several differences as Macy’s plans to implement several precautions, including:
• Plexiglass shields at registers.
• Hand sanitizer stations in high-traffic areas.
• Customers cannot handle beauty test products. Disposable, single-use applicators will be used for test products.
• Some fitting rooms will be closed, while open ones are frequently sanitized.
• Services such as bra fittings and ear piercings are suspended.
• Items returned or tried on will be held 24 hours before they’re returned to sales racks and displays.