The Stamford Town Center temporarily closed on March 19 due to COVID-19. They reopened on May 20 but with many necessary restrictions to ensure the health of all employees and customers.
Every door entrance has signs giving everyone a clear list of rules that should be followed while shopping. Every person has to be wearing a mask or else they cannot come inside the store. There are only a certain number of people allowed in at any given time. Once in line to buy, there are 6-feet markings to ensure the correct distance between people. Also, at the register there is a plastic shield and every employee is wearing gloves. In clothing stores, the fitting rooms are closed. Employees are constantly sanitizing common areas to ensure cleanliness. The food court is open as well, but the play area for children is closed.
Further information regarding the other restrictions and regulations for reopening this mall is listed in one of the websites below. All employees are doing an excellent job of making all of the customers feel safe and are doing a great job of keeping everything clean, despite it being a very scary and difficult time to be working. It is especially frightening to be working in public spaces where anyone from anywhere can come and go as they please.
As for its plans for the future, the Stamford Town Center has yet to reopen all of its stores. On the website cited below, they list the specific stores that are currently open in this location, although it is questionable as to where the mall itself is headed.
For a while, there have been rumors that this mall would be closing altogether, and replaced with extensions to UConn’s Stamford campus, also located downtown. However, these are currently just rumors. Nothing has been finalized nor reported on other than the stores that have officially left Stamford Town Center. Some stores have left because they chose to relocate to different areas, such as Norwalk’s newest mall, the SoNo Collection, or because the store itself went bankrupt. Apple, H&M, J. Crew, Armani Exchange, Ann Taylor, Gymboree, Payless ShoeSource, The Walking Co., Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, and several other stores have all left this location within the past year.
The Stamford Town Center will remain open for business, with new, informed precautions and safety regulations in place, making it an easier and more dependable place for customers to shop. Although only select stores are currently open, more plan to do so throughout June 2020.