Amid COVID-19 shutdowns, essential businesses at Southlands have been open to the public, including food, beverage, and necessary shopping. Now, as Aurora beings to ease regulations, Southlands revealed its future plans to open retail while keeping everyone safe.
“We have been working for several weeks on comprehensive messaging that not only welcomes customers back to Southlands but reminds them of social distancing regulations,” explained Joyce Rocha, Director of Marketing at Southlands.
“There are hand sanitizer stations, signage reminding customers to stand 6ft apart, one-way foot traffic on sidewalks, mask guidelines, and more to keep everyone safe,” she said.
The Southlands’ Management Team has been in contact with tenants at Southlands, not only to discuss their business but also to understand their safety plans and hours of operation. During the shutdown, many of Southlands’ businesses found creative ways to connect with customers, including Pedego Electric Bikes offering curbside pickup and driveway delivery. Mainstream Boutique offered online shopping and giveaways. Bent Barley Brewing Company and The Lost Cajun have also been a few of the popular destinations for to-go craft beer and cocktails, and of course, delicious eats.
“We’ve updated our website every day with new information on tenants, including what they’re doing and hours they’re open. Depending on state restrictions and guidelines, we expect that majority of our stores will be open by the end of the month,” explained Rocha.
During this time, Southlands has prioritized renovation projects. Visitors can expect to the fire pit area transformed to include a children’s play area and gathering space in June.
“The Town Square will come online later this summer with a new fire pit, water feature, covered seating, landscaping, Concierge Services at the clock tower, and more that reflects a community gathering space,” explained Rocha. “When we can all gather again, the Town Square will be a perfect place,” said Rocha.
Rocha also mentioned newer stores including, Anthony Vince Nail Spa, Five Below, and Sephora, which would be opening over the summer months.
Known for their seasonal events, Southlands revealed their popular Farmer’s Market would return in early June. Rocha explained the Farmer’s Market will follow new CDC and social distancing regulations, including one-way aisles, curbside pickup, and limiting the number of people entering at one time. “It will go forward, and it’s going to look different, but it will happen,” said Rocha.
In the meantime, Rocha encourages everyone to visit their website www.shopsouthlands.com for the most accurate and updated information on all Southlands’ tenants and hours.
“Southlands is a community,” explained Rocha. “We are so looking forward to resuming business in a safe and thoughtful manner. When the times comes, we’re ready to unveil a new Town Square that will eventually become the ultimate gathering space.”