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Kentucky begins reopening retail stores, malls


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FLORENCE, Ky. (WKRC) – Retail stores and malls have reopened in Kentucky.

The wait is over. Kentucky shoppers have made their way back into the Florence Mall.

Jason Jenkins was taking it all in. He said day one still looks a little different.

“We went in most of the stores are closed. You can kind of expect that. There are still a bunch of them that are open. We decided to come here and check it out and it wasn’t bad,” said Jenkins.

Several stores remain closed and are working to gradually reopen.

Inside the mall, hand sanitizer stations are available. Employees are walking around disinfecting surfaces and masks are being handed out.

Shoppers like Isaac Lee were eager to feel some sense of normalcy. At Sole Revival in Florence, business was steady on Wednesday.

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“Sitting online is one thing and looking at shoes on your phone, but being able to go into a store, and pick up the shoe, it feels good to be out again,” said Lee.

Owner Justin Wade said the store has done extensive cleaning since it closed. Employees must wear masks and gloves.

“We had to train our employees to get used to wearing those and working with these on because usually we’re free handed,” said Wade.

The Florence Antique Mall seemed to be business as usual. General Manager Mike Detzel said people were happy to be back.

“We started out people coming in the door before we could open it. It hasn’t stopped,” said Detzel.

The big space in the store allows for easy social distancing. Customers shopped in and out of aisles, looking for hidden gems.

“This is fun shopping. This is coming in to browse, doing things that you might not otherwise do if you’re just going out to buy another load of groceries,” said Detzel.


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