Tacoma Mall to close to help fight the spread of coronavirus

Tacoma Mall to close to help fight the spread of coronavirus
The Tacoma Mall in 2005. (Ron Wurzer/Getty Images)

TACOMA, Wash. — The Tacoma Mall will close Wednesday night and stay shuttered through March 29 to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group, the Tacoma Mall’s owner, is temporarily closing all its U.S. properties, the company announced Wednesday afternoon.

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Simon said the decision came after extensive discussions with federal, state and local officials.

“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,” said David Simon, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Simon.

The Macy’s store at the Tacoma Mall shut down March 10 after an employ there tested positive for the coronavirus. It reopened the next day.

Simon has properties across North America, Europe and Asia. They generate billions in annual sales.