SouthPark mall officials planned to open about 30 additional stores at the shopping center on Sunday, though it remains unknown how soon the rest of the shopping center will reopen after part of the roof collapsed during storms on Friday.
On Saturday, cleanup crews removed water and debris from the mall, while Charlotte Fire personnel examined stores to see when they’d be cleared to open. The mall’s owner, Atlanta-based Simon Property Group, also had an engineer and other representatives on-site to begin assessing damage and making repairs.
Stores and restaurants along the perimeter of the mall, such as anchors Belk, Dillard’s and Neiman Marcus and Maggiano’s, already have reopened.
Meanwhile, mall officials announced Saturday evening that they planned to open the food court and stores located along the Belk, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom wings of the shopping center, located along Sharon and Fairview roads in south Charlotte. The list includes the Apple store, Lululemon and Pottery Barn Kids.
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Officials did not announce immediately when shops near Macy’s and Dillard’s could open. While additional shops could be cleared for business in the coming days, fire and county officials say the rest of the building can’t open until crews figure out what caused the roof collapse and make necessary repairs.