Eastland Mall to reduce operating hours

Eastland Mall will reduce its weekly operating hours starting next Thursday, including closing entirely on Sundays.

Mall managers handed out the notices Wednesday afternoon, store owners said.

Weekly operating hours will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., a reduction of three hours a day. The mall has normally been open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the week.

On Saturdays, the mall will close four hours early, at 5 p.m. The mall has normally been open until 9 p.m. on Saturdays.

Sears, Dillard's and Burlington Coat Factory will continue to operate their normal hours, including staying open on Sundays.

Last month, Eastland Mall's owners announced that they would no longer subsidize the mall, which has been losing money. Columbus, Ohio-based Glimcher Realty Trust has been trying to sell the mall for three years.

Several store owners say they are upset about the changes to the mall hours. They say the mall still has many shoppers, and most come to the mall on the evenings and weekends.

“That's when a lot of the stores here make their money,” said D.K. Kennedy, owner of M&M Soul Food. “If they needed to reduce the hours, they should have done it on Mondays and Tuesdays when things are slower.”

Eastland general manager Marvin Snyder said the mall hours were being changed because the owners felt it was “in the best interest” of the tenants and customers.

“We're getting mixed feedback from the tenants,” Snyder said. “Some like the new hours and some don't.”

In particular, Snyder said many store owners like the changes to the weekday hours. However, there are mixed feelings about the changes to the weekend hours.