More shopping malls and department stores are announcing temporarily closures after after Mall of America and Macy's said earlier this week they would shut down to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

On Thursday, the Galleria in Edina said it will close at 6 p.m. with plans to reopen April 3. Kohl's also said it would close at 7 p.m. Thursday through at least April 1.

On Wednesday, Southdale Center, Twin Cities Premium Outlets and Albertville Premium Outlets temporarily closed until at least March 29. Their owner is Simon Property Group, the nation's largest mall operator, which said it would close all of its properties during this time frame.

"The health and safety of shoppers, retailers and employees is of paramount importance and we are taking this step to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our communities," David Simon, the company's CEO said in a statement.

J.C. Penney, Nordstrom, and many specialty retailers have also closed for at least two weeks.

Other malls in the Twin Cities region such as Rosedale and Ridgedale have pared back their hours.

A number of big-box chains such as Walmart, Target, Home Depot and Best Buy also have reduced their hours.

Kavita Kumar • 612-673-4113