Michigan malls start to set reopening dates: Where you'll be able to shop

Metro Detroit shopping malls are reopening after being shut down several weeks by the state's stay-home order.

"We’re Open," the Briarwood Mall website said Thursday. "Welcome Back."

The Ann Arbor shopping center, along with Great Lakes Crossing Outlet in Auburn Hills and Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi opened at 11 a.m. Friday, two more — Somerset Collection in Troy and Lakeside Mall in Sterling Heights — also open at 11 a.m.

An entrance to Twelve Oaks mall in Novi, Mich. on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2011.

And Woodland Mall in Grand Rapids plans to reopen June 1 for shopping by appointment.

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"We believe that reopening our property will not only help people get back to work during these challenging times," Briarwood Mall's Genera Manager Erika Williams said, adding that it will also allow the center  to support charitable initiatives." 

Great Lakes Crossing and Twelve Oaks, which are both owned by Taubman, announced they will open on a limited operating schedule of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Somerset, owned by Forbes Co., will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. It also will offer curbside pickup and have door greeters to open doors and provide shoppers with face masks. 

“Our retailers are looking forward to re-engaging with our guests and delivering a customized experience that adheres to Gov. Whitmer’s executive orders,” said Nathan Forbes, managing partner of Forbes, adding that retailers will have a "laser focus on presenting a safe and comfortable environment."

But as with other retailers that already have opened, occupancy will be limited, and the shopping experience will be different than it was before the pandemic.

Also, plan to take precautions such as wearing a face covering and staying 6 feet away from other patrons. Expect play areas to be closed off, and water fountains to be turned off.

In some stores, hand sanitizer will be available.

Meredith Spelbring is a news intern with the Detroit Free Press. Reach her at mspelbring@freepress.com or on Twitter @mere0415.