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Salt Lake City mall prepares for possible Election Day violence

City Creek Center to close early Tuesday and Wednesday
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Posted at 4:32 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 20:15:02-05

SALT LAKE CITY — Stores inside the City Creek Center mall in downtown Salt Lake City prepared for possible Election Day violence Monday by securing their locations.

Workers with the Nordstrom store at the mall could be seen boarding up all windows and entrances.

"Our teams are monitoring the situation in order to be prepared for any activities that might take place across the U.S. on November 3 and potentially in the days following. We’re taking steps to help keep our customers and employees safe and our stores secure." a Nordstrom spokesperson told FOX 13 in a statement.

Tiffany & Co., the high-end jewelry store next to Nordstrom, also appeared to be boarding up its location.

City Creek Center announced Monday that it would be close early Tuesday and Wednesday, but did not give a reason why. According to the mall's website, stores will close at 5 p.m. on those days.

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In May, the mall shut down for a number of days after reports of vandalism during violent protests in the downtown area.

Companies with downtown locations throughout the U.S., especially in Washington, D.C., boarded up storefront windows in case demonstrations break out following election results. In preparation for possible violence, the White House put up the same non-scalable fence that was used during protests in the nation's capital this summer.