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With protest looming, Cabela's and St. Louis Outlet Mall close early

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The St. Louis Outlet Mall announced it's closing several hours early, at 5 p.m. Friday, after learning protesters planned to meet at Cabela's parking lot at the Hazelwood mall. 

Most of the spaces at the struggling mall are empty but a few large tenants remain, including Cabela's, Burlington and an 18-screen Regal movie theater complex. St. Louis Outlet, formerly was known as the Mills, posted on its Facebook page that the mall itself would close at 5 p.m., but it's up to individual tenants that have exterior entrances to close or not. 

Cabela's, which usually is open until 9 p.m. on Fridays, is closing at 6 p.m. Friday, according to a notice on its website. Burlington and the Regal theater complex also are closing at 5 p.m. 

A "St. Louis Call to Action" notice was posted on social media Friday, urging protesters of the Jason Stockley verdict to assemble at the mall's parking lot at 6:30 p.m. A week ago, a judge announced a not-guilty verdict for Stockley, a white former St. Louis police officer charged in the shooting death of a black suspect, Anthony Lamar Smith.

Those protesting the verdict have held demonstrations throughout the region during the past week, including at several St. Louis area malls. Thursday night, protesters blocked Brentwood Boulevard near the St. Louis Galleria, prompting an early closure at the mall. 

Lisa Brown • 314-340-8127

@lisabrownstl on Twitter

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