Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Poag CEO: Our lifestyle centers are ready to thrive in the post-COVID-19 world

Chain Store Age
As the COVID-19 related shutdowns began to wind down in Texas and Georgia, Poag Shopping Centers’ lifestyle centers were among the first to welcome back guests. As we watched them shop our retailers, enjoy freshly prepared meals, and stroll our grounds, we saw expressions of relief and hope, happiness and joy. It was clear that what was true before the pandemic will be true after: Brick-and-mortar is the most important channel for retailers.

There were lines at some retailers and extended waits at the restaurants. We set up additional tables in our public green spaces so that those not wanting to wait or eat inside could order takeout and eat on the property. Our level of cleaning has gone up dramatically. These are actions many more operators will be taking as more states open though, to be sure, different regions of the country will have different regulations. . . . more