Advertisement

Our coronavirus coverage is free for the first 24 hours. Find the latest information at tampabay.com/coronavirus. Please consider subscribing or donating.

  1. News
  2. /
  3. Health

Coronavirus: Mall owner Simon closes Tyrone Square, International Plaza follows

Tampa Bay’s malls are closed, except for a few of their attached independent retailers.

Stories about the coronavirus pandemic are free to read as a public service at tampabay.com/coronavirus. Sign up for our DayStarter newsletter to receive updates weekday mornings. If this coverage is important to you, consider supporting local journalism by subscribing to the Tampa Bay Times at tampabay.com/subscribe.

• • •

St. Petersburg’s Tyrone Square didn’t open for business Thursday after one of the country’s leading mall owners announced it was temporarily closing all of its locations because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Mall owner Simon Property Group is in the process of purchasing Tampa’s premier mall, International Plaza, which was still open on Thursday. International Plaza then announced it would not open on Friday. Simon Property Group says its locations, which include University Town Center in Sarasota and the Premium Outlets in Lutz, will be closed until at least March 29. International Plaza will stay closed the same amount of time.

“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,” Simon CEO David Simon said in a statement.

Meanwhile, Westfield malls — Brandon, Countryside and Citrus Park — have closed the bulk of tenants’ stores.

“Some retailers may still be open so that ‘essential’ retail remains in operation for customers,” Westfield wrote on its website. “While we will endeavor to reflect these store hours on this website, please confirm their hours directly.”

Major department stores such as Macy’s and Nordstrom announced their shutdowns earlier this week.

Editor’s note: This story was updated to reflect International Plaza’s decision to close.

• • •

Tampa Bay Times coronavirus coverage

EVENT CANCELLATIONS: Get the latest updates on events planned in the Tampa Bay area in the coming weeks.

STORES REACT TO VIRUS: Some businesses adjust hours or announce temporary closings.

BE PREPARED: Guidelines for essentials to keep in your home should you have to stay inside.

STOCK UP YOUR PANTRY: Foods that should always be in your kitchen, for emergencies and everyday life.

JOIN THE FACEBOOK GROUP: See updates and tips posts, and ask questions of our journalists.

FOLLOW OUR COVERAGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA: Facebook. Instagram. Twitter. Reddit.

LISTEN TO THE CORONAVIRUS PODCAST: New episodes every week, including interviews with experts and reporters

HAVE A TIP?: Send us confidential news tips.

We’re working hard to bring you the latest news on the coronavirus in Florida. This effort takes a lot of resources to gather and update. If you haven’t already subscribed, please consider buying a print or digital subscription.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

Advertisement
Advertisement