BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) today announced that 100 percent of its operating properties in the U.S. and Asia, have reopened. Most U.S. centers were temporarily closed on March 19 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and have reopened gradually using enhanced safety protocols, in compliance with all local, state and federal laws.
“Nearly 85 percent of stores in our portfolio have reopened, with more opening every day,” said the company’s Chairman, President and CEO Robert S. Taubman. “We are pleased to safely welcome customers back, and we are encouraged by the results we are seeing.”
In addition to the Company’s 21 centers in major markets across the U.S., the Company’s three Asia shopping centers - CityOn.Xi’an (Xi’an, China), CityOn.Zhengzhou (Zhengzhou, Henan, China) and Starfield Hanam (Hanam, South Korea) have been open and operating since the end of February. Taken together, about 95 percent of stores in Asia have reopened and comparable sales per square foot are approaching 2019 levels.
“We were encouraged by the quick rebound of our centers in Asia, and are seeing very positive progress in the U.S.,” said Mr. Taubman.
Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 26 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong. www.taubman.com.
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