Taubman Places ‘Community First’ this Holiday Season to Recognize and Thank Customers and Employees, While Helping Those in Need

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Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) has made its holiday list, and has checked it twice, ensuring it is focused on gratitude for customers and employees, and help for communities in need this season.

Community First

Taubman has launched #CommunityFirst - a new campaign designed to show appreciation for loyal customers that #BuyNearby, as well as the 2,000 or more retail workers employed per mall that help to power the local economies all year round. The campaign elements include:

  • Taubman malls closing on Thanksgiving to enable mall and tenant employees to celebrate the holiday with family and friends (exception: International Market Place, Honolulu).

  • A $150,000 grant awarded to Feeding America® to help the organization achieve its mission to combat food insecurity. With this donation, the company will provide at least 1.5 million meals to those in need, mainly through local food banks in the 15 communities that are home to a Taubman mall. Each dollar donated helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of member food banks.

  • Donations of up to $1,000 made to charities on behalf of mall and tenant employees who have incredible personal stories or a passion for giving back. The selected employees will be featured in Community Spotlights on each mall’s social channels.

  • Gift card giveaways and pay-it-forward promotions to surprise and delight customers who #BuyNearby at Taubman malls.

  • #ShopYourWay that enables the varying shopping habits of customers by providing newly expanded holiday hours, curbside pickup and virtual queueing, powered by WaitWhile, at participating retailers.

  • Connecting candidates to retail jobs. Taubman has launched WorkRetail, an easy-to-use, patented job-matching technology that pairs workers to jobs with Taubman’s retail tenants with the goal of putting thousands of job seekers to work. More information can be found at www.workretail.co.

Photos with Santa (November 27 – December 24, exceptions noted on mall websites)

The newly reimagined Santa’s Flight Academy will allow guests young and old to enjoy a properly socially-distanced visit with Santa at 12 locations this year thanks to Taubman’s longtime partner in delivering magical experiences Cherry Hill Programs. To take a photo with Santa, a pre-paid photo package reservation is required and can be obtained on the participating mall’s website. Per Cherry Hill Programs, Santa will wear a mask at all times, including during photos, regardless of mandate.

Other Special Events

From Santa’s arrival celebrations and holiday markets to light shows and special promotions, each Taubman shopping mall has a variety of events and experiences designed to make the season memorable. Simply visit a mall’s website for more information.

Holiday Health & Safety

The health and safety of our customers is our first priority. We continue to follow local, state and federal laws and mandates, and CDC guidelines, as it relates to the global pandemic and ask our tenants to do the same. Efforts include:

  • Removing the snowfall and high-touch, interactive elements from the Santa set

  • Monitoring the temperature of employees and contractors prior to their shift. Asking individuals to leave if temperatures are 100.4 or above

  • Requiring mask usage where it is not already required by state or local mandate

  • Using signage and decals to help customers effectively practice social distancing

  • Cleaning and disinfecting malls during the day, and after-hours, with a sharp focus on high-touch, high-traffic surfaces.

  • Using a stronger disinfectant when available

  • Offering hand sanitizer at designated stations

  • Providing wipes for strollers as supplies last

  • Closing play areas out of an abundance of caution, and to protect our smallest customers

  • Turning off drinking fountains

  • Removing or resetting furniture to respect social distancing

  • Removing trays from our food courts to reduce the number of high-touch surfaces

  • Temporarily pausing valet in most markets

For more information on Taubman’s holiday programs, visit our mall websites.

About Taubman

Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 26 regional, super-regional and outlet malls in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. mall industry. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong. www.taubman.com.

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Additional information about these factors and about the material factors or assumptions underlying such forward-looking statements may be found under Item 1.A in Taubman’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019, as amended, and subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Taubman cautions that the foregoing list of important factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive. When relying on forward-looking statements to make decisions with respect to the proposed transaction, shareholders and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements concerning the proposed transaction or other matters attributable to Taubman or any other person acting on their behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements referenced above. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date of this communication or the date otherwise specified herein. Taubman does not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason, even if new information becomes available or other events occur in the future, except as may be required by law.

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Contacts

Maria Mainville
Director, Strategic Communications
248-258-7469
mmainville@taubman.com

Erik Wright
Manager, Investor Relations
248-258-7390
ewright@taubman.com