Retailers closing early due to possible protest


HAMILTON COUNTY, Tenn (WDEF) – Hamilton Place mall announced Monday afternoon they would be closing the mall at 2:45.

A mall spokesperson says it’s because they received credible information about a possible protest in that area.

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Chattanooga Police confirms they are on the property and at every entrance to the mall just as a precaution.

A few other retailers on Gunbarrel also closed early due to the protest.

Chili’s on Market Street closed around 7 Monday as well.

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