Hilldale Mall closes for the day due to protest
The entire Hilldale Mall in Madison has closed for the rest of Friday, reportedly due to a protest organized outside one of the stores.
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Hilldale Mall in Madison has closed for the rest of Friday due to a protest organized outside one of its stores.
Metcalfe’s Market first posted to social media saying they were closing at 2:30 p.m. and that “The whole Hilldale Mall property is closed.” NBC15 News then confirmed the mall’s closure with several other businesses.
Hilldale Mall issued a statement Friday evening. The mall’s closure was not mentioned, but a spokesperson did confirm a peaceful and family-friendly gathering at the mall.
“We are happy to welcome this block party to Hilldale although would have been grateful to be involved in the organization of it so that we could prepare the site to receive a crowd and work to insure that all Covid-related standards of mass gatherings were met,” according to the statement from Hilldale.
Security guards were also seen turning drivers away, and to NBC15 News crews there, it appeared every business had closed for the day.
Unconfirmed posts on social media appear to be promoting an event outside the Apple Store in Hilldale.
The Madison Police Department tells NBC15 News that while they are aware of a protest, police personal did not tell the mall or the businesses there to close.
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