Philadelphia — Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust (PREIT) plans to open all of its malls and retail centers, including its 900,000-square-foot Fashion District Philadelphia shopping and entertainment destination, by July 4. Following temporary store closures amid the COVID-19 outbreak, PREIT has reported an average occupancy rate of 85 percent among non-anchor tenants at its reopened properties. Retailers and restaurants at PREIT’s properties have implemented expanded sanitation and social distancing procedures, including outdoor dining service and contactless pickup. Many stores also offer complimentary masks to guests on entry.
PREIT owns and operates more than 22.5 million square feet of space across more than 20 malls and retail centers concentrated in the Northeast and Southeast regions. Upon reopening, PREIT’s properties will employ more than 30,000 workers.