MONROE, LA. (KNOE) - Pecanland Mall reopened Tuesday for the first time since closing due to COVID-19. Changes and restrictions are in place to keep employees and guests safe.
Mall officials say they’ve been working to provide a “safe, clean environment” as they allow stores to get back to business. Some measures including shortened hours and signs encouraging social distancing.
“I love shopping in the mall. It’s one of my favorite places in Monroe to be,” Ladarrius Sandifer says. He’s refreshed and ready to start shopping again in Pecanland Mall. “I’m glad the mall is back open, and I’m glad the people who are running the mall are taking preventative measures to keep everyone safe.”
Doors at entrances have been propped open to limit high-touch points, and hand-sanitizing stations have been set up for guests at those entrances. The food court sitting area as well as play areas and rental services are still closed too.
“We’ve taken extreme precautions not only for our team, but for our guests,” says Courtney Thomas, manager at Buckle.
Thomas says they’re also cleaning their store five times a day as well wiping down counters, pin pads and other surfaces after each use. “We are cleaning dressing rooms, racks. We are putting any product any guest tries back for at least 24 hours steamed.”
While Thomas says this is a great first day back for them, Monroe mayor Jamie Mayo says this will be a great jumpstart for the city’s economy too. “We’re projected that we’re going to see a 25% hit on our sales taxes for the month of March. It was only 11.9%, Mayo says. “We know April is going to probably be a worse month. But hopefully, we can start to bounce back.”
“We are taking care of our employees and of course our guests, making sure we’re doing everything we possibly can to create that experience for them and to help the environment,” Thomas says.
Only 20 stores reopened on Tuesday. More are expected to reopen in the coming days. For an up-to-date list of what stores are open, click here.