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Johnson City mall closed until further notice

Staff Report • Updated Mar 24, 2020 at 5:14 PM

As part of efforts to address the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), The Mall at Johnson City will be closed until further notice.

“Our top priority is protecting the health and safety of our guests, retailers and employees,” the mall said in a message posted on its website. “We will post updates to our social media pages and stories. ... The Mall at Johnson City brings people together, and we will continue to do so once we are past this current situation.”

Owned by Washington Prime Group, the mall has more than 60 national and local retail, dining and entertainment establishments. Its anchors are JC Penney, Dick’s Sporting Goods and Belk.

Another anchor, Home Goods, was set to join the mall in the space formerly occupied by Sears. The group also planned to demolish the Sears Auto Center to make way for new food and beverage offerings along North Roan Street.

Renovations also were to occur to the mall’s interior common areas and exterior entrances. The goal was to complete the projects by fall 2021 and open in connection with a community event celebrating The Mall at Johnson City’s 50th anniversary.

The statement on the website did not address how the closing might affect those developments.