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Parking lots at Lakeside Shopping Center have been mostly empty since March 18.
That’s when the mall in Jefferson Parish closed its doors as part of the state’s stay-at-home order aimed at slowing the spread of the Coronavirus.
As Louisiana slowly reopens the economy, about a dozen stores at Lakeside will join a host of restaurants at the mall offering curbside service beginning on Friday.
“We’ve been anxiously awaiting the right time to open,” Chad Berg, Lee Michael’s Fine Jewelry said. “We’ve been spending hours putting together procedures of what the new reality looks like. The social distancing, the mask, the visors, really allowing our people to understand what is the new normal going to be.”
Thursday, Lee Michael’s set up a tent and a table outside the mall.
Berg said it was a dress rehearsal for when stores can start up curbside operations.