The Merced Mall is now open to the public again, However, only a few stores are open.
The most notable store, Bath & Body Works, is still temporarily closed. New York & Company is permanently closed after the company filed for bankruptcy. New York & Company sold its business and intellectual property to Sunrise Brands LLC for $20 million.
The Children’s Place is still open, however, the company filed bankruptcy and is expected to close a majority of their mall locations. It’s unknown if the Merced Mall location will be on that list.
J.C Penney’s also filed for bankruptcy this year after being more than $4 billion in debt.
Since the beginning of 2020, Work World (moved), Game Stop, Love Xpress, Sunglasss Hut, Vitamin World, Mens Wearhouse, and New York & Company have closed inside the Merced Mall.
The good news is Burlington’s, 5 and Below, and Ulta Beauty are still expected to be inside the former Sears building.
Renovations to the mall have halted due to COVID 19.