Middlesboro Mall is reopening its doors

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MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WYMT) - Retail stores were allowed to open on Wednesday.

Shoppers at Middlesboro Mall. Photo Credit: Emily Bennett

“I’m glad it’s back open so I can get clothes for summer," said shopper Brylee Greene.

Middlesboro Mall opened its doors at 10 a.m.

“It’s just kind of nice to get out and explore and pretend life is normal again," said Bobbi Kelling.

In order to reopen, stores and customers are having to get used to new safety guidelines that were put in place.

The mall is required to keep their occupancy at 33 percent according to the new restrictions.

“They are cleaning all of our doors door handles inside and out," said Mall Property Manager Carolyn Widner.

There also has to be maintenance employees constantly walking around monitoring people, making sure they are following the social distancing guidelines. They also are constantly cleaning.

“All the way through the mall and when they get that done they start back cleaning back to the other end," said Widner.

Despite the new restrictions, many shoppers came excited to be able to buy new shoes and summer clothes.

“Being able to go out and do normal shopping and try things on and touch them before you purchase them," said Kelling.

Some shoppers however felt strange to be back in the stores.

“It’s not something that I’ve done in so long that you wouldn’t think something as commonplace as shopping would ever become weird but it definitely kinda has,” said Kelling.

Not all stores, such as JCPenney and Bath and Body Works, have opened yet.

There is no word on when more stores will open, but the mall said they are welcoming all "mall walkers."

The mall hours are 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday thru Saturday and 12:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.