Workers at SouthPark mall were erecting a massive traditional Christmas tree Monday, just days after shoppers’ outrage prompted the mall to reconsider new controversial decor.
Late last week, the south Charlotte mall said it was doing away with its traditional Christmas tree in favor of a North Pole-inspired faux glacier setting, meant to create a “fresh and exciting” Santa-visiting experience.
Customer backlash ensued, evidenced by a barrage of negative social media comments and a Change.org petition that has garnered about 25,000 signatures.
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On Sunday, Simon Malls President David Contis said the glacier was “a mistake,” and that the traditional Christmas tree would be put back up at SouthPark within a day. Simon Malls operates 109 malls and 68 premium outlets in the U.S., including Concord Mills and Charlotte Premium Outlets.