Gov. Holcomb Addresses Reports That Simon Malls Will Reopen Friday

Apr 29, 2020

 

Now named Indiana Premium Outlets, the outlet mall formerly named Edinburgh Premium Outlets is one of the mall properties in the state owned by Simon Property Group.
Credit Steve Burns

In Governor Eric Holcomb’s daily COVID-19 briefing Tuesday, he was asked about a CNBC report that Simon Property Group would start reopening malls across the country Friday. 

The company is headquartered in Indianapolis and owns 10 malls in Indiana, including College Mall in Bloomington.

Simon Property Group announced it would temporarily close all its malls March 18 due to concerns about the spread of the virus.

Gov. Holcomb says he spoke with David Simon, the CEO of Simon Property Group and one of 200 executives on a committee advising President Trump on reopening the U.S economy.

Holcomb says he sought input from Simon on how to reopen Indiana’s non-essential businesses, but Simon does not know when the executive order will be lifted.

"I have spoken to the Simon Mall Corporation, CEO, David Simon, but he does not know," Gov. Holcomb says. "he weighed in like we asked every other sector in our state." 

Gov. Holcomb has not said whether he will begin to lift Indiana’s stay-at-home order after it expires May 1. 

Holcomb says malls will be included in future economic guidance from the state.