Some stores in Outlets at Castle Rock reopen

Small businesses greet customers; many bigger brands stay shuttered

Jessica Gibbs
jgibbs@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 5/5/20

For her daughter’s 16th birthday on May 1, Stephanie Bodie wanted to do something special amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The Highlands Ranch woman told her daughter Aspen they were going window …

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Some stores in Outlets at Castle Rock reopen

Small businesses greet customers; many bigger brands stay shuttered

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For her daughter’s 16th birthday on May 1, Stephanie Bodie wanted to do something special amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Highlands Ranch woman told her daughter Aspen they were going window shopping in Castle Rock. Once there, Aspen learned the surprise was that the Outlets at Castle Rock had reopened to in-person shopping that day.

The mother and daughter enjoyed a small sense of normalcy, they said, as they shopped for a backpack at Fjallraven. And they were happy to do whatever necessary to stay safe, Stephanie said as each wore masks and followed walking paths taped out by the store manager.

“It’s just a total breath of fresh air,” Stephanie said.

Store manager Favian Saenz said staffers taped arrows on the floor to guide people through social distancing and to keep them from crossing paths as much as possible. He thinks reopening is important for the economy if it’s done right with proper safety measures, he said.

“For us as a company it’s crucial, being that we are a small brand in the outdoor industry in North America,” he said.

As Dave Sappington and Giovanni Gieco walked around they center, they noticed most of the few businesses that reopened seemed to be those smaller or independent companies. Gieco noted there were few shoppers around as well.

Sappington, looking around at locked up shops, said it felt as thought 96% of stores were closed.  A center spokeswoman said 24 of 94 businesses have reopened.

“The bigger brands seem to be closed," Sappington said.

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