Alderwood Mall reopens with safety measures and restrictions, some stores remain closed

Alderwood Mall reopens with safety measures and restrictions, some stores remain closed
By: Erin Freeman | Lynnwood Times Staff

The Alderwood Mall reopened Tuesday, June 9, for the first time since the COVID pandemic required the shopping center to close over two months ago on March 24.

While the mall was ready to open on Tuesday, not all of its stores were.

According to the Alderwood Mall website, the shopping center doors have opened for 102 of the malls 160 retail stores and restaurants, including well-known chain retailers, including Nordstrom and Macy’s. 31 retailers, some closed to the public, are participating in curbside pickup programs as of June 19. 

Alderwood Mall will operate 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 am. to 6 p.m. Sunday, and say they plan to analyze traffic counts and shopper behavior, modifying these hours as necessary. 

The mall, which typically allowed walkers at 7:30 a.m. daily, said in a Facebook post that the main mall doors will open one hour before mall opening, and participation in the mall walking program may be done at that time and throughout the day.

Returning shoppers will notice several changes throughout the mall introduced to support a safe experience, including signage and floor graphics displaying social distancing directions, hand-sanitizing stations, touch-free interactions, and frequent sanitation by staff. 

“We are working diligently to provide a safe, clean environment where people feel comfortable shopping, dining, and enjoying their time,” said a spokesperson in a memo announcing the reopening of the mall. 

To further prevent the spread of COVID-19 and support social distancing guidelines, the shopping center has also limited gathering spaces for guests, implementing seating restrictions in the food court and within common areas. High touch objects including play areas, stroller rentals, and mall-operated carousels are all temporarily closed, and the parking valet service has been suspended until further notice. 

To learn more about the Alderwood mall’s open retailers, visit https://www.alderwoodmall.com/en/directory/open-stores.html, and visit https://www.alderwoodmall.com/en/visit/curbside-pickup.html to see stores offering curbside pickup. The mall’s safety measures can be found here: https://www.alderwoodmall.com/en/visit/covid-19-update.html

Erin Freeman

I graduated from Washington State University in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a specialization in rhetoric and professional writing. I also received a minor in political science. I joined the Lynnwood Times in February of 2020. To me, community newspapers affirm a sense of community by connecting people through the coverage of local stories and current events.

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