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McKENZIE (April 6) — McKenzie’s Merchants Outlet Mall just celebrated its tenth anniversary. Shortly afterwards, it closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has swept the nation.
Merchants Outlet Mall employs ten employees and operates from a 60,000 square foot former shoe manufacturing building on Highland Drive. It has 238 independent vendors, operating from 400 vendor booths, who operate their own businesses.
Marcy said the mall closed March 22 after talking with friendly competitor McKenzie Antique Mall and officials from the Health Department. The two malls in McKenzie attract customers from throughout the region. Governor Bill Lee ordered all non-essential businesses to close last week for at least two weeks. The two McKenzie malls had already made that decision.
“There are so many of our customers who come from other areas,” said Marcy. The mall closed in the best interest of everyone’s health. The McKinneys hope to reopen in May or sooner, if officials approve for businesses to reopen.