LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) – Park Plaza Mall announced Thursday its plans to implement a Youth Escort Policy (YEP), designed to provide all of its shoppers and retailers with a family-friendly, convenient and enjoyable shopping experience.
The new policy – which will be enforced beginning Friday, April 7, 2017 – requires all mall visitors under 18 years of age to be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is 21 years of age or older on Friday and Saturday nights after 5 p.m. In addition to Friday and Saturday evenings, the policy can also be implemented at any other day and time at the discretion of management when it is deemed necessary.
The Youth Escort Policy is intended to curtail the rising number of unsupervised youth hanging out at Park Plaza and related disturbances. Park Plaza management is implementing the policy in response to feedback from business leaders and members of the community.
“Through feedback from our community, including shoppers and retailers, that have voiced concern about inappropriate behavior – we have designed a policy that will allow Park Plaza to address unsupervised youth issues and provide all our shoppers with a pleasant experience,” said Lance Ivy, General Manager of Park Plaza.
The conduct of unsupervised youth and young adults at Park Plaza has created an uncomfortable atmosphere for mall visitors and an increasing security challenge.
“Teens and pre-teens are welcome to shop at the mall,” said Ivy. “We are only asking that our youth customers shop with a parent or guardian who is 21 years of age or older during a limited number of the total 72 shopping hours the mall is open each week.”
Teens employed at the mall will be allowed to work after 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings, or at any time the policy is in effect. Park Plaza will issue identification to teens under 18 years of age for ease of access to work during these times.
“Park Plaza strives to remain a center of commerce in the community that brings quality stores and shoppers together,” said Ivy. “Unfortunately, a growing number of unsupervised youth are attempting to use the mall in a manner that is inconsistent with this purpose.”
The Youth Escort Policy can be found here.
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