Members of the Town Council's Committee on Public Safety plan Tuesday night to ask South Shore Plaza representatives about security at Macy's during the store's upcoming "marathon shopping" weekend leading up to Christmas.
The committee is meeting to discuss general police updates with Chief Russell Jenkins and holiday security plans for the mall. Councilor Sean Powers, vice chair of the committee, said members will also ask about potential police details during the 24-hour shopping event being held from Friday, Dec. 21 through Monday, Dec. 24.
Braintree's Macy's is one of a select few chosen for a longer marathon this year. The special hours are part of a nationwide expansion of the retailer's six-year-old shopping initiative that began with keeping its doors open 24-hours at Macy’s Queens Center in 2006.
Powers said that the mall and its sector is easily the busiest in Braintree and that extra security to accompany extending the store's operating hours makes sense.
"That is an anchor store at the Plaza," Powers said. "The Plaza is one of the largest malls in New England."
Neither the Plaza nor Macy's have requested police details during the event, Chief Jenkins said in an email. A spokeswoman for the Plaza declined to comment about security matters.
The Plaza regularly employs hundreds of hours of detail officers from Braintree and elsewhere during the holiday shopping season, but only when the mall itself is open.
Elina Kazan, a vice president of media relation for Macy's Northeast and Mid-Atlantic offices, said the retailer has previously extended operating hours and that the store has its own security plan. Kazan said she would look into the issue of police details.
The committee meets at 6 p.m. on the lower level of Town Hall.