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United Way volunteers with masks to greet shoppers as Pheasant Lane, Merrimack Premium Outlets open

By Dean Shalhoup - Senior Staff Writer | May 11, 2020

Courtesy photo United Way of Greater Nashua volunteer director Sara Ceaser is taking applications from volunteers interested in handing out masks at two local malls starting Monday.

NASHUA – With the shopping equivalent of Opening Day set for Monday at two local malls, teams of volunteers from the United Way of Greater Nashua will be on hand to distribute free masks to anyone who wants one.

Nashua’s Pheasant Lane Mall and the Merrimack Premium Outlets Mall will reopen sometime Monday morning. While their precise hours don’t seem to be listed on www.simon.com, the website of the group that owns the malls and dozens of others, the United Way volunteers will be present from 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Dozens of volunteers promptly signed up for shifts, which run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 3 p.m.-7 p.m., said Sara Ceaser, United Way director of volunteer and community engagment.

More are needed, she added, and asks anyone interested in helping out to register at www.volunteergreaternashua.org/need/detail/?need_id=518468.

Indications are that not all of each mall’s stores are reopening Monday, but no list is provided. Managers have apparently been putting up signs and roping to guide shoppers through the malls to follow social distancing guidelines, and creating new traffic and parking patterns for the time being.

Pheasant Lane Mall, Nashua

The malls do have significant quantities of masks on hand for customers who ask for them, along with sanitizer wipes, United Way president Mike Apfelberg said. Some of the masks are being donated by sewing groups in Nashua, Merrimack and Bedford.

Ceasar said the United Way plans to have volunteer teams stationed at the malls for about two weeks.

For more information contact Ceaser at sceaser@unitedwaynashua.org.

Dean Shalhoup may be reached at 594-1256 or dshalhoup@nashuatelegraph.com.

Merrimack Premium Outlets Mall

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