Mall of America may not reopen when originally planned

Mall of America may not reopen when originally planned Photo: WDIO-TV file

Created: May 28, 2020 02:48 PM

After two nights of looting in Minneapolis, the Mall of America says it may not reopen on June 1 as had been planned.

The mall made the announcement on Thursday afternoon.  It also said all retail tenants and non-critical team members had been required to exit the building by 2 p.m. Thursday.

"While there have been no protests or actions at the mall, the safety and security of those within the building remains our top priority," the mall's statement said.

The Bloomington mall is about eight miles away from the businesses that were looted on Wednesday night. KSTP-TV reports dozens of fires were also reported across the city.

The mall said it is not certain when tenants and team members will be allowed to return to the mall or if it would reopen on June 1.  It had closed March 17 as part of the effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.

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