A rash of violence involving teenagers at the popular Atlanta center led Simon to take action.
Simon Property Group has established a “Youth Supervision Policy” requiring kids under 18 to be accompanied by a parent or other adult when entering its Lenox Square mall in Atlanta’s fashionable Buckhead district after 3 p.m.
The young shoppers will be required to remain with their adult companions while inside the mall or will be asked to leave.
The unusual policy was installed in response to a spate of shootings that have occurred in this tony shopping center featuring brands such as Prada, Neiman-Marcus, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, and Apple.
Two violent altercations have taken place inside Lenox Square this summer after 3 p.m., one a shooting that involved two 15-year-olds.
Six shootings occurred at Lenox Square in 2020, including a homicide that occurred during a fight over a parking space near the entrance to the mall’s Cheesecake Factory restaurant.
“This program is in response to feedback from the community and community leaders as the center reinforces its commitment to the community to provide a pleasant family friendly shopping environment,” said a statement on Lenox Square’s website.