After receiving negative feedback from store owners, Eastland Mall managers decided this morning to scale back a plan to cut mall hours. The mall will now stay open on Sundays, but close on Mondays.
The mall will be open from 12:30-6 p.m. on Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Mall anchors Sears, Dillard's and Burlington Coat Factory will continue to operate their normal hours, including staying open on Monday.
The changes go into effect this Thursday.
Last week, the mall announced plans to shave a total of 24 1/2 hours of shopping off each week, including closing entirely on Sunday. The mall has been losing money and is trying to curb expenses.
The plan drew sharp criticism from the independent store owners in the mall, and 70 percent of them signed a petition asking that the plan be reconsidered, Eastland General Manager Marvin Snyder said.
“Sunday was such an important day for them, so we added that back,” Snyder said. “This is a good compromise.”
Eastland's owner, Columbus, Ohio-based Glimcher Realty Trust, has been trying to sell the mall for three years. Last month, Glimcher said it would no longer subsidize the mall, a longtime community anchor located at Central and Albemarle Roads in Charlotte.