Retailers are shuttering storefront locations across the globe to slow the spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19.
On March 11, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic, and two days later, President Donald Trump declared the outbreak a national emergency.
Here’s an up-to-date list of companies that have closed retail stores or reduced hours, in the U.S. and around the world. Almost all retailers reminded customers that online stores would remain open.
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The Ohio-based clothing retailer will close all North American stores — including its Hollister brand — beginning March 15, and in Europe beginning March 16. Closures are expected to last at least until March 28. Stores in the APAC (Asia Pacific) region will remain open.
“Based on the significant investments we have made over the past several years in our people and our IT infrastructure, we have a robust digital business. We believe that our current capabilities will allow us to continue to fulfill our customers’ needs during this unprecedented period of uncertainty,” said CEO Fran Horowitz in a statement.
Apple closed its retail stores outside of Greater China on March 14 until at least March 27. Greater China stores were re-opened on March 13 after initial closures because of the slowing rate of infections in the world’s second largest economy.
“All of our hourly workers will continue to receive pay in alignment with business as usual operations. We have expanded our leave policies to accommodate personal or family health circumstances created by COVID-19 — including recovering from an illness, caring for a sick loved one, mandatory quarantining, or childcare challenges due to school closures,” said CEO Tim Cook.
The San Francisco-based eco-friendly footwear company closed its 12 stores in the U.S. and Europe, from March 15 to March 27. All employees will receive full pay and benefits during the closure. Online stores will remain open.
“Now more than ever, we can all appreciate just how small the world truly is, and the importance of coming together to protect our global community in times of great need,” said co-chief executives Tim Brown and Joey Zwillinger in a joint statement on Instagram.
The Athens-based eco-friendly footwear company said it closed stores indefinitely, in an Instagram announcement on March 14.
“The safety of our colleagues, customers and the entire community is invaluable and our top most priority,” the company announced on Instagram.
The New York-based luggage startup closed its 11 retail locations, all but one in London are in the U.S., and its monogramming services location for at least two weeks beginning March 16. The opening of a new Dallas store location will be delayed. Employees will continue to receive pay.
“Travel is at the heart of what we do at Away, because it brings us all together. In this uncertain time, we urge our community to continue to act with compassion and care as we consider how we move about the world, and take all necessary precautions to protect yourselves and each other,” the Away team said in a statement.
North America stores closed March 16 through March 27. Employees will receive pay curing cancellations. They will also make online yoga and meditation classes available to boost health and mental well-being during the pandemic.
“We’re living in extraordinary times and we’re learning more about COVID-19 every day. We feel it’s important for our employees and guests to be able to stay home and support their family, friends and loved ones,” said Celeste Burgoyne, executive vice president of the Americas and global guest innovations, in a statement.
The San Francisco-based ethical fashion brand company will close its six stores for two weeks beginning March 15. Its online store will remain open and will compensate employees during the closures.
“This is a critical moment in the world. With the situation evolving quickly, we must all do our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19,” said the company in a statement.
Glossier has shuttered its physical retail stores in New York City, Los Angeles, London and Atlanta for at least the next two weeks. Employees will be compensated.
“[I] reconsidered my original position of ‘let’s follow, not lead’ on the retail front… This quickly became an easy, albeit painful decision,” said CEO Emily Weiss in a statement on Instagram.
The New York City-based street gear store will close its flagship stores in the U.S. beginning March 16 indefinitely. The online store will remain open.
The Wisconsin-based clothing line has closed stores through March 29 and will continue to pay employees for scheduled hours.
“We care deeply about our employees, customers and communities and want to be sure that we keep them healthy and safe during this unprecedented time,” read a statement by the company.
Lululemon Athletica Inc. closed stores in North America and Europe from March 16 to March 27. Employees will be paid for scheduled hours.
“We are taking this step to help protect our global community, guests and people, and ensure we are doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said CEO Calvin McDonald.
The Beaverton, Ore.-based athletic footwear company, Nike Inc., closed all retail stores in the U.S. (384), Western Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, on March 16 to March 27. Nike has 750 stores globally. Closures include Converse stores.
“We are taking additional steps in other Nike-managed facilities, including the option to work from home, staggered work schedules, social distancing and additional safety and cleaning steps to help protect and support our teammates,” the company said in a statement.
The New York City-based clothing store will close New York and Los Angeles locations indefinitely. Online store will remain open.
The California-based outdoor clothing and gear brand closed all stores, offices and other operations on March 13 through at least the next two weeks.
“Over the years, as our Patagonia community has been faced with challenges, I have always been inspired by how we emerge stronger and with an even deeper sense of purpose. We will persevere through this challenge, too,” said chief executive officer and president Rose Marcario in a statement on Twitter.
The cycle company said all 96 of its retail showrooms in the world are closed from March 16 to March 29.
The New York City-based clothing store will close four of its six standalone retail stores located in New York City, Los Angeles, Waikiki (Honolulu) and London until further notice. Shanghai and Tokyo locations, along with their online store, will remain open.
“It is essential that during this time, we restructure our practices and operate in accordance with the wellbeing of our colleagues and our global citizens,” the company said in a statement on Instagram.
The coffee giant halted in-store customer seating in North America for at least two weeks starting March 15, while limiting hours and shuttering a few shops in high traffic areas.
The New York-based streetwear company will close its New York City and London locations until further notice.
Under Armour will close North America stores from March 16 to March 28. Employees will receive pay.
“We are monitoring the situation globally, and closure decisions are being made on a country-by-country basis as necessary to protect our teammates and customers,” said Tara M. Moore in a statement.
Urban Outfitters, Inc. has closed all its stores around the globe, including its namesake store brand Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, BHLDN, Free People, and Terrain, until at least March 28, the company said in a statement. The company will continue to pay employees during the closure. Online stores and subscription services will remain open.
“Because the situation is complex and evolving rapidly, our plans may change. We want to assure you that we are doing our best to protect our communities, and we look forward to the time when we realize that we have come through this, stronger than ever,” a company press release said.
The giant retailer reduced hours starting March 15 at its 24-hour location. Other stores will also have reduced hours.
The New York City-based eyeglass retailer closed all stores March 15 through at least March 27. Employees will be paid throughout closures.
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Daniel Roberts contributed to this story.
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