The mall that spans a stretch of Interstate 90 from downtown Concord to Fox Hills is closing to allow more people to get to work and more shopping to take place.
The Concord-Fox Hills mall opened in 2010.
The mall’s owner, Pinnacle Mall Inc., said it will open again in 2019 but will only do so after the state’s approval.
The mall’s opening was originally scheduled for the middle of next year, but the Mall Authority, which operates the mall, postponed that date and the opening was pushed back to July 2019, said Scott B. Taylor, the Mall’s chief executive officer.
The authority said the delay is necessary to get the mall built to its original design and provide the mall with sufficient space for shoppers.
The Mall Authority has also decided to cancel its own summer vacation from June through August.
The delay was due to the fact that the mall’s developers have been unable to agree on a project budget for the mall.
They are trying to negotiate a deal with the state and federal governments, Taylor said.
The developers have also decided not to extend the mall through 2020, Taylor added.
The project, which includes a hotel and a shopping center, will also require the closure of the Concord and Fox Hills Expressway, which runs between Concord and Fairfield.
The extension of the expressway will require the opening of a new bridge that would allow cars to cross the expressways from Fox Hills to Concord, he said.
“This is a very complicated project and we’re trying to do the best we can,” Taylor said of the mall project.
“The mall has been built well.
It’s a very large building, but it’s also been very functional.”