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Georgia Reopens Retail and Restaurant Sectors

Malls and retail stores across Georgia began reopening this month after a lockdown order was issued by the state in March because of the coronavirus outbreak. The shelter-in-place order by Gov. Brian Kemp expired at 11:59 p.m. on April 30.

Mall owners across Georgia announced reopening plans that included new safety protocols designed to help fight the spread of COVID-19 infections. Simon Property Group planned to open malls in Georgia on May 4th, including Lenox Square, Phipps Plaza (pictured) and the Mall of Georgia.

Simon Property’s message on its website indicated, “We now expect to open in the first half of May, based on current state and/or local stay-at-home or closure orders which are subject to change. Our safety protocols have been reviewed and approved by experts in epidemiology and environmental health and safety.”

Other retailers or malls opening up stores include Macy’s Inc., Greenbriar Mall, Brookfield Properties’ North Point Mall in Alpharetta and Perimeter Mall in Dunwoody, and Tanger Factory Outlets Centers Inc. plans to reopen Georgia sites in Commerce, Locust Grove and Savannah by May 15.

Gov. Kemp, in collaboration with the Georgia Restaurant Association, allowed restaurants to start opening up as well. Nine Mile Station at The Roof at Ponce City Market was set to open this week, and Landry’s Inc. reopened dining rooms at all of its Georgia restaurants last week. The restaurant chain’s brands include Chart House, Del Frisco Double Eagle Steakhouse, Del Frisco Grille, Joe’s Crab Shack, Morton’s The Steakhouse, McCormick & Schmick’s, The Oceanaire Seafood Room and The Palm.

Other Georgia restaurants opening include Ray’s on the River in Sandy Springs and Ray’s at Killer Creek in Alpharetta. Buckhead Life Restaurant Group also is reopening its restaurants for delivery and take-out only at its brands, Corner Cafe, Atlanta Fish Market, Pano’s Seafood Market, Chops Lobster Bar, Kyma, Price, Bistro Niko and Buckhead Diner.

*Photo courtesy of Simon Property Group

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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