by Alex Lloyd Gross
When Mayor James Kenney told all nonessential businesses to close, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he was not kidding. In the far northeast, Philadelphia Mills, a giant mall that formerly went by the name of Franklin Mills stayed open. They opened for business today, March 18, 2020. That drew the disgust from Brian Abernathy, the City Managing Director. “Businesses like the Philadelphia Mills Mall. I am disappointed by their inability and irresponsibility and as such we have sent the police and L&I to shut down that business. If you can’t be responsible we will be responsible for you.”.he said at a press conference .
As mall security walked through the mall, telling shops to close, shoppers were escorted from the building. Wal-Mart is the only business able to stay open. That is sure to ire other stores that sell clothing. Wal-Mart sells food, clothing and has a pharmacy. That is the reason they are able to stay open, on the opposite end of the mall, Sam’s Club is also open for business.
The liqueur store on the mall property is boarded up with plywood, as if a severe storm was coming.. The fast food stops like KFC and Wendy’s are doing a brisk drive-through business. It is unknown if the mayor will send authorities to close other businesses that are not complying with his order . There is no reason for vape shops, jewelry stores and gyms to be open.