Scottsdale Fashion Square has reopened after being closed for 10 days following looting and break-ins that exploded last weekend.
In a post to Twitter Wednesday afternoon, the mall posted its hours of operation, saying “Come on in, we’ve missed you!”
However, not all stores were yet open Wednesday, according to one merchant.
Approximately 500 people converged on the mall on Saturday, May 30, for what began as a peaceful protest against police brutality across the country, but ended with smashed mall windows, graffiti-tagged walls and people looting handfuls of merchandise.
The following day, the mall posted a statement saying the mall would close. “Our hearts are broken for our community,” they wrote. “We’ll get through this together and we look forward to seeing you soon.”
Other businesses located across from the mall also were damaged.
Scottsdale police have arrested more than 26 people who face charges in connection with the damage and looting. Police also recovered at least $46,000 in stolen property.
The most recent arrests included a 20-year-old man who had damaged a Mercedes on display inside the mall and captured the damage on social media. Scottsdale police also recovered more than $28,000 worth of merchandise from one woman, mostly designer bags and sunglasses.
YouTube personality Jake Paul also faces charges of criminal trespassing and unlawful assembly for his involvement in the Scottsdale events. Police say he was among those who entered the mall, which had closed early, after crowds broke through an entrance.
A day after the mall looting, Gov. Doug Ducey imposed a week-long curfew throughout Arizona, which expired early Monday.
City and police officials in Scottsdale also said they would review response tactics and policies for any further protests, in addition to implementing numerous Old Town traffic restrictions to prepare for potential protests.
Military vehicles and National Guard troops were spotted in Scottsdale last weekend in anticipation of more protests.
Upwards of 1,000 people turned out for a peaceful protest in downtown Scottsdale on Sunday, stopping multiple times in Scottsdale Civic Plaza underpass to pay tribute to victims of police violence, including Dion Johnson, George Floyd and many others.
Brandon Lindley, who runs Havaianas, a boutique sandal and sunglasses shop in the mall, told The Arizona Republic last week that tenants had been told Scottsdale Fashion would remain closed until the damaged mall entrance was repaired.
Lindley said Wednesday that only one store was open in his wing of the mall, while many remain boarded up. He doesn’t plan on reopening until larger retailers like Apple and L’Occitane also reopen.
“I don’t think it looks professional for us to be open until my neighboring stores are repaired and have the plywood taken down,” he said.
Scottsdale Fashion is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-6 p.m on Sunday.
Have a tip out of Scottsdale? Reach the reporter Lorraine Longhi at [email protected] or 480-243-4086. Follow her on Twitter @lolonghi.
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