Vancouver Mall says ‘hi’ as it reopens


Ambassadors hand out masks to customers as Vancouver Mall welcomes back its customers 

The Vancouver Mall has resumed operations, but less than half of the 140 shops are open. Photo by Jacob Granneman

VANCOUVER — The Vancouver Mall resumed operations Wednesday, with face masks that say “Hi,’’ sanitation stations, and safety reminders throughout its property.

From just observation, less than half of the 140 shops were open Wednesday. Many of the stores that were closed had signs noting the plan was to open by Friday or early next week. 

Macy’s, for example, is planning to reopen Monday. 

“We want to re-welcome our community back to Vancouver Mall today,” said Bree Sanchez, marketing manager at the mall. “We have taken a lot of safety precautions for shoppers who are going to be coming back and rediscovering their favorite stores here.”

Mall ambassadors, as they are called, were on hand to greet shoppers at several of the entry ways. They offered free masks, some with the word “Hi” on the front, as well as bottles of hand sanitizer. 

Signage is posted throughout the property as well, reminding folks to keep 6-feet from one another. Many stores required face masks to enter. Some stores also had monitors, counting the number of customers in a store. If the number reached its maximum, shoppers waited in line, following the proper distance guidelines. 

Some, but not all, of the restaurants were open Wednesday. 

Mary Flores could be seen watching puppies at the Alley Cat Pet Center. She lives near the mall and says she has missed it. She comes here often, and was thrilled to learn that it would be open again. 

Mary Flores takes a look at some puppies Wednesday at Alley Cat Pet Center at the Vancouver Mall. Flores is a regular at the mall and was thrilled that it reopened Wednesday. Photo by Paul Valencia
Mary Flores takes a look at some puppies Wednesday at Alley Cat Pet Center at the Vancouver Mall. Flores is a regular at the mall and was thrilled that it reopened Wednesday. Photo by Paul Valencia
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Paul Valencia joins ClarkCountyToday.com after more than two decades of newspaper experience. He became the face of high school sports coverage in Clark County during his 17 years at The Columbian. Before moving to Vancouver, Paul worked at Oregon daily newspapers in Pendleton, Roseburg, and Salem. A graduate of David Douglas High School in Portland, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving three years as a soldier/journalist. He and his wife Jenny recently celebrated their 20th anniversary. They have a son who has a passion for karate and Minecraft. Paul’s hobbies include: Watching the Raiders play football, reading about the Raiders playing football, and waiting to watch and read about the Raiders playing football.

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