Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield (URW) has joined other major mall operators in temporarily closing its shopping centers.
The company announced that it is closing its shopping destinations in the United States for all but ‘essential’ retail outlets as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The centers are closed through Sunday, March 29(or until otherwise instructed by local authorities), at which point the group will re-evaluate the situation.
URW’s centers in the U.S include Westfield World Trade Center, New York City; Westfield Garden State Plaza, Paramus, N.J.; and Westfield Century City, Los Angeles. A complete list is below. The company joins two other major U.S. mall operators, Simon and Taubman, in temporarily closing its properties.
“Conscious of both the directives, and uniform feedback from government, and in the interest in protecting the welfare of our employees, retail partners and the communities we serve, we are making this decision to temporarily close our shopping centers,” said Jean-Marie Tritant, U.S. president of URW. “We have not made this decision lightly, and believe this is in the best interest of protecting our various stakeholders. We look forward to reopening these centers in the very near future. In the meantime, we are doing everything possible to make sure that ‘essential’ retail outlets remain accessible.”