Governors call states of emergency all the time but it’s serious when malls close early — so Westfarms Mall’s announcement at 11:21 a.m. that it’s closing at 1 p.m. today means we’re in this for real.
Buckland Hills mall in Manchester was closing at 3 p.m., according to its web site, which warns that restaurants and department stores might have different hours. No word yet on what time either mall planned to open Saturday.
As for supermarkets, Big Y said it was closing all stores at 5 p.m. and was planning to reopen at 11 a.m. Saturday. Stop & Shop stores had no plan to close as of midday. At the Hartford store on New Park Avenue, the plan was the remain open until midnight, per the regular schedule, a person there said.
Banks were closing, including Webster, which issued a statement saying its bankers hours Friday ended at 11 a.m.
I conducted a survey of one retailer, REI at Blue Back Square in West Hartford, which would seem as likely as anyplace to stay open — for obvious reasons.
“We’re playing it by ear,” a woman at REI said. “If you want someone to be here, I would get here by 3.”
The REI store did close early.