March 18 2020

Burlington Mall to Close Until March 29

By: BNEWS

The Burlington Mall will close on Wednesday evening and remain closed through at least March 29 due to the spreading coronavirus. 

 

Simon, the owner of the Burlington and mall across the country, announced that after extensive discussions with federal, state and local officials and in recognition of the need to address the spread of COVID-19, Simon will close all of its retail properties, including malls, premium outlets and mills in the U.S. This measure will take effect from 7 p.m. local time on Wednesday and will end on March 29.

 

“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,” said David Simon, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Simon.

 

At this time the Cheesecake Factory and Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria will stay open during the closure and offer take-out. 

 

 

Local officials reacted to the news. 

 

“These are startlingly tough times, the likes of which no one has really dealt with before,” Town Administrator Paul Sagarino said. “It requires difficult decisions regarding business operations for the safety of the general public. However, I am confident that Burlington will persevere and get through this turbulence with newfound capacity and hope.”

 

“Simon's nation-wide closures is a bold move to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but the Town realizes this decision will have a profound local impact,” said Melisa Tintocalis, Economic Development Director. “Disruptions in the retail landscape over the last couple years have already led to significant changes at the Burlington mall. Now, the newly announced temporary closure will add to the challenges for our local employees and the regional retail environment. The Town will be working with the state and federal agencies to advocate for funding directly for the Town of Burlington and for the many employees who count on regular pay in the industries affected by these closures.”

 

 
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