Nation's largest mall operator temporarily closes all locations across US due to coronavirus

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Nation’s largest mall operator temporarily closes all locations across US due to coronavirus

The nation’s largest mall operator, Simon Property Group, announced Wednesday that it will temporarily close its mall and outlet locations due to the spread of COVID-19.”The health and safety of our shoppers, retailers and employees is of paramount importance and we are taking this step to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” CEO and president of Simon Property Group David Simon said in a statement. Simon locations will close by the end of the day Wednesday and will remain closed through March 29.The Simon closure comes on the heels of major retailers announcing that they would close for a number of days due to the coronavirus. One day earlier, Macy’s announced closures by the end of the business day until the end of the month due to the virus.The closures affect all Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Bluemercury, Macy’s Backstage, Bloomingdales Outlet and Market by Macy’s stores.”The health and safety of our customers, colleagues and communities is our utmost priority. As a result of the recent COVID-19 developments, we have decided to temporarily close our stores. We will work with government and health officials to assess when we will reopen our stores and safely bring our colleagues back to work,” Jeff Gennette, chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s Inc., said in a statement. “During this closure, we will continue to serve our customers through our e-commerce sites.”The company said it would provide benefits and compensation to all workers affected.

The nation’s largest mall operator, Simon Property Group, announced Wednesday that it will temporarily close its mall and outlet locations due to the spread of COVID-19.

“The health and safety of our shoppers, retailers and employees is of paramount importance and we are taking this step to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities,” CEO and president of Simon Property Group David Simon said in a statement.

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Simon locations will close by the end of the day Wednesday and will remain closed through March 29.

The Simon closure comes on the heels of major retailers announcing that they would close for a number of days due to the coronavirus.

One day earlier, Macy’s announced closures by the end of the business day until the end of the month due to the virus.

The closures affect all Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Bluemercury, Macy’s Backstage, Bloomingdales Outlet and Market by Macy’s stores.

“The health and safety of our customers, colleagues and communities is our utmost priority. As a result of the recent COVID-19 developments, we have decided to temporarily close our stores. We will work with government and health officials to assess when we will reopen our stores and safely bring our colleagues back to work,” Jeff Gennette, chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s Inc., said in a statement. “During this closure, we will continue to serve our customers through our e-commerce sites.”

The company said it would provide benefits and compensation to all workers affected.

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