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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.
The sign for Tyrone Square Mall. The mall, owned by Simon Property Group, is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
The sign for Tyrone Square Mall. The mall, owned by Simon Property Group, is temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. [ JAY CONNNER | Tampa Bay Times ]
Published Mar. 19, 2020
Updated Mar. 23, 2020

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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.

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