Area malls re-open; await shoppers
The Post's retail reporter Ylan Mui sends this report:
The Fashion Centre at Pentagon City opened at 9 a.m., an hour later than planned. The two anchor stores, Macy's and Nordstrom, were ready to welcome shoppers, but several other stores remained closed, said Todd Jerscheid, director of mall marketing. Limited Metro service made it difficult for employees -- and customers -- to get to the mall, but a few hardy souls were strolling the shopping center within half an hour of opening, he said. Jerscheid said he expected traffic to pick up later in the day as resident dig themselves out of the snow.
At Tysons Corner Center, the mall opened at 9 a.m. as planned. Snow removal crews worked overnight to clear the parking decks and the road that rings the mall, said marketing director Allison Fischer.
"You can see black pavement," she said. "People should be safe and know that we're going be open when they're ready to come out."
Fischer said the mall is working with several stores on special promotions to make up for so-called Super Saturday, the busiest shopping day of the year. Macy's and L.L. Bean had previously planned to open for 24 hours over the next few days, and Fischer said she expects other stores to hold midnight openings. The mall is also considering installing "procrastination stations" throughout the center to help customers get their last-minute shopping completed.
The mall is scheduled to remain open until 9 p.m., though some anchors will keep their doors open even later.
"Today should be a great day to shop. It's just a matter of getting there," Fischer said.
In Maryland, Westfield Montgomery Mall ordered an extra snow crew at 5 am. to ensure the shopping center would open on time at 8 a.m. Interim General Manager Emily Kosash said phones have been ringing nonstop and there was a short line to get her morning coffee at Nordstrom Cafe. She said traffic so far was light for the Sunday before Christmas, but she said it was equivalent to a standard weekday morning.
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