CF Lime Ridge Mall reopens

News Jun 18, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

It’s been a busy few days for Matt Ashley and the staff at Ashley Jewellers and most of the other stores at CF Lime Ridge Mall.

To be prepared for Hamilton’s move to Stage 2 in the coronavirus pandemic recovery, malls, barbershops, hair salons, spas, tattoo parlours and patios – where customers can gather in limited numbers – were allowed to reopen starting June 19 under the province’s staged reopening process.

“We’re finally being able to tell customers we can help them out,” said Matt Ashley, a member of the family-owned business that has been around since 1948 and at the Upper Wentworth Street mall since 1981 when it opened.

Ashley said they had a list of about 50 clients who had been waiting to purchase jewelry, pick up an order or have some repair work done since the mall was shut down on March 15.

He expected to allow a maximum of five or six customers in the store at one time to ensure physical distancing.

Lime Ridge Mall has 166 stores that employ about 2,500 people.

Safety and physical distancing measures can be seen throughout the mall and shoppers are encouraged to wear a mask.

Shoppers are now asked to follow the arrows, dividers and other floor markings intended to keep people two metres apart and move foot traffic in a single direction around the mall.

In the public washrooms, half the cubicles and urinals are in service and all water fountains are closed.

The food court is available for takeout only.

“We want to make it a safe place for people to shop,” said mall general manager Liem Vu, who noted only 1,100 people will be allowed in the mall at any one time.

He noted on a typical Boxing Day, as many as 87,000 people have been in the shopping centre.

Mall security and guest services staff will be acting as ambassadors and monitoring and when necessary limiting the number of people going in.

Vu said they are encouraging people to only come to the mall if they wish to purchase something.

“Don’t come just to hang out,” he said.

Public gatherings or club meetings are discouraged.

About a half dozen or so outlets deemed essential services with separate entrances, like drug stores, have remained open at the mall during the pandemic.

Vu said as many as 80 per cent of the store owners have applied through mall owner Cadillac Fairview for federal assistance.

He said the stores are “jumping for joy” to finally be able to reopen.

“Getting back to some type of normalcy is an uplift for them,” he said.


STORY BEHIND THE STORY

Hamilton Community News wanted to see what safety measures were undertaken at CF Lime Ridge Mall to allow for its reopening on June 19.

CF Lime Ridge Mall reopens

But only 1,100 shoppers will be allowed in at a time

News Jun 18, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

It’s been a busy few days for Matt Ashley and the staff at Ashley Jewellers and most of the other stores at CF Lime Ridge Mall.

To be prepared for Hamilton’s move to Stage 2 in the coronavirus pandemic recovery, malls, barbershops, hair salons, spas, tattoo parlours and patios – where customers can gather in limited numbers – were allowed to reopen starting June 19 under the province’s staged reopening process.

“We’re finally being able to tell customers we can help them out,” said Matt Ashley, a member of the family-owned business that has been around since 1948 and at the Upper Wentworth Street mall since 1981 when it opened.

Ashley said they had a list of about 50 clients who had been waiting to purchase jewelry, pick up an order or have some repair work done since the mall was shut down on March 15.

He expected to allow a maximum of five or six customers in the store at one time to ensure physical distancing.

Lime Ridge Mall has 166 stores that employ about 2,500 people.

Safety and physical distancing measures can be seen throughout the mall and shoppers are encouraged to wear a mask.

Shoppers are now asked to follow the arrows, dividers and other floor markings intended to keep people two metres apart and move foot traffic in a single direction around the mall.

In the public washrooms, half the cubicles and urinals are in service and all water fountains are closed.

The food court is available for takeout only.

“We want to make it a safe place for people to shop,” said mall general manager Liem Vu, who noted only 1,100 people will be allowed in the mall at any one time.

He noted on a typical Boxing Day, as many as 87,000 people have been in the shopping centre.

Mall security and guest services staff will be acting as ambassadors and monitoring and when necessary limiting the number of people going in.

Vu said they are encouraging people to only come to the mall if they wish to purchase something.

“Don’t come just to hang out,” he said.

Public gatherings or club meetings are discouraged.

About a half dozen or so outlets deemed essential services with separate entrances, like drug stores, have remained open at the mall during the pandemic.

Vu said as many as 80 per cent of the store owners have applied through mall owner Cadillac Fairview for federal assistance.

He said the stores are “jumping for joy” to finally be able to reopen.

“Getting back to some type of normalcy is an uplift for them,” he said.


STORY BEHIND THE STORY

Hamilton Community News wanted to see what safety measures were undertaken at CF Lime Ridge Mall to allow for its reopening on June 19.

CF Lime Ridge Mall reopens

But only 1,100 shoppers will be allowed in at a time

News Jun 18, 2020 by Mark Newman Hamilton Mountain News

It’s been a busy few days for Matt Ashley and the staff at Ashley Jewellers and most of the other stores at CF Lime Ridge Mall.

To be prepared for Hamilton’s move to Stage 2 in the coronavirus pandemic recovery, malls, barbershops, hair salons, spas, tattoo parlours and patios – where customers can gather in limited numbers – were allowed to reopen starting June 19 under the province’s staged reopening process.

“We’re finally being able to tell customers we can help them out,” said Matt Ashley, a member of the family-owned business that has been around since 1948 and at the Upper Wentworth Street mall since 1981 when it opened.

Ashley said they had a list of about 50 clients who had been waiting to purchase jewelry, pick up an order or have some repair work done since the mall was shut down on March 15.

He expected to allow a maximum of five or six customers in the store at one time to ensure physical distancing.

Lime Ridge Mall has 166 stores that employ about 2,500 people.

Safety and physical distancing measures can be seen throughout the mall and shoppers are encouraged to wear a mask.

Shoppers are now asked to follow the arrows, dividers and other floor markings intended to keep people two metres apart and move foot traffic in a single direction around the mall.

In the public washrooms, half the cubicles and urinals are in service and all water fountains are closed.

The food court is available for takeout only.

“We want to make it a safe place for people to shop,” said mall general manager Liem Vu, who noted only 1,100 people will be allowed in the mall at any one time.

He noted on a typical Boxing Day, as many as 87,000 people have been in the shopping centre.

Mall security and guest services staff will be acting as ambassadors and monitoring and when necessary limiting the number of people going in.

Vu said they are encouraging people to only come to the mall if they wish to purchase something.

“Don’t come just to hang out,” he said.

Public gatherings or club meetings are discouraged.

About a half dozen or so outlets deemed essential services with separate entrances, like drug stores, have remained open at the mall during the pandemic.

Vu said as many as 80 per cent of the store owners have applied through mall owner Cadillac Fairview for federal assistance.

He said the stores are “jumping for joy” to finally be able to reopen.

“Getting back to some type of normalcy is an uplift for them,” he said.


STORY BEHIND THE STORY

Hamilton Community News wanted to see what safety measures were undertaken at CF Lime Ridge Mall to allow for its reopening on June 19.