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The Galleria, other Houston businesses close to shoppers amid protests in Houston

The Galleria mall closed Sunday to the public, according to a security source at The Galleria.
The Galleria mall closed Sunday to the public, according to a security source at The Galleria. (KPRC)

HOUSTON – The Galleria mall closed Sunday to the public amid protests in Houston, according to a security source at The Galleria.

Houston Police Department is blocking all parking lot entrances to the mall.

On Saturday night, a video shared online shows looters attempting to break into Forever 21, which has an exterior window display located on Westheimer Road.

Warning: The use of profanity is recorded in the video below.

Another video shared online shows people breaking into a Verizon store in Houston.

NorthPark Center and Galleria Dallas are among other malls closed on Sunday following a night of violent protests in downtown Dallas and Deep Ellum, Dallas Morning News reports.

High-end stores including Neiman Marcus and Forty Five Ten, Traffic are among damaged storefronts.

As demonstrations begin to escalate, businesses are starting to board up to avoid property damage and theft.

Other Houston businesses taking additional security measures include Madewell in Highland Village and Dior in the River Oaks District.

Madewell in Highland Villages boards up to protect itself from looters and prevent protesters from destroying its store.
Madewell in Highland Villages boards up to protect itself from looters and prevent protesters from destroying its store. (KPRC 2)

As protests continue to erupt, Target and CVS are temporarily closing some stores and adjusting hours at locations nationwide citing the safety of its team and shoppers as its top priority.

“Employee and customer safety is our top priority, so we are continually monitoring protests as they occur in the communities we serve and will close stores, if needed, to help ensure the safety of employees and customers,” CVS said in a statement.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.