Best Buy to reopen 800 stores in the US

Appointment-only shopping at Best Buy (BBY) will soon just become a memory from the dark times of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The electronics retailer said in a blog post on Tuesday that it will reopen 800 locations in the U.S. on June 15, minus the need by customers to make an appointment. In other words, it’s almost back to normal shopping (masks will still be handed out to shoppers and extra sanitation will be a focus by employees) at least when it comes to Best Buy. The company operates nearly 1,000 stores in the U.S.

Best Buy will continue to offer its popular new curbside pickup option. In-home consultations will also resume after being held virtually since March.

To support the reopening, Best Buy will bring back 9,000 of its previously furloughed full-time and part-time employees and Geek Squad agents. That would still leave about 41,000 Best Buy workers furloughed as

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Dunkin Donuts plans to hire 25,000 employees as states reopen

The HR department at Dunkin’ Brands (DNKN) will likely be running on some extra cold brew coffee this summer.

Dunkin’ said Monday the franchisees at its namesake coffee and donut chain will look to hire 25,000 new employees in a bid to support an in flux of consumers as states reopen and return to some semblance of normal. No timeline was provided on when Dunkin’ plans to meet the hiring goal. The Dunkin’ brand operates more than 8,500 restaurants spanning 41 U.S. states.

Positions will range from front of the counter to restaurant manager spots. The company is also teaming up with Southern New Hampshire University to offer low-cost online college education to franchisee employees.

A source close to the matter said the hiring and education efforts have been in the works prior to the social unrest sweeping the country following the senseless murder of George Floyd by Minnesota police.

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‘I can’t see anybody agreeing to reopen arenas in the foreseeable future’

The NBA set off a domino effect when it was the first U.S. sports league to halt its season on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Now the league, along with the NHL, MLS, and MLB, is actively exploring a plan to return to play this summer.

But even if the NBA is able to return, it is unlikely fans will be allowed at the games. And even beyond this summer, L.A. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer, who just bought The Forum in March with plans to move the team there in 2024, thinks it will be a very long time before fans are in arenas.

“I can’t see anybody agreeing to reopen arenas or concert venues in the foreseeable future,” Ballmer told Yahoo Finance Editor-in-Chief Andy Serwer on this week’s episode of “Influencers.” “So, I have to say that things will be fan-less, which, who knows what kind of

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NJ eyes next reopen phase; protests, curfews fan fears of COVID spread

The global coronavirus pandemic converged on Monday with social unrest roiling the U.S., as hopes for relaxing lockdowns were undercut by raucous protests that prompted several big cities to impose curfews.

A weekend of mass demonstrations against police brutality, following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, descended into violence and looting — which led some large cities like New York City, Philadelphia and parts of California to impose curfews.

The protests have sparked fears about a resurgence of the coronavirus, just as the world’s largest economy appeared to be in the midst of a leveling off in cases.

Dr. Howard Forman, a professor of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Economics, and Public Health at Yale University, told Yahoo Finance on Monday that he is concerned about a lack of social distancing during the protests, and how it might spark a fresh wave of cases.

“We would expect to see

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Small businesses operate in limbo, as economies begin to reopen

The Strand Book Store in New York City has stood as a source of pride for the Bass family for 93 years. With its famous slogan “18 Miles of Books,” the Manhattan shop has weathered the Great Depression, survived 9-11, and gone to battle with Amazon (AMZN) — all without a single layoff.

That all changed in March, when owner Nancy Bass Wyden, the granddaughter of founder Benjamin Bass, made the painful decision to cut nearly 200 jobs because of the coronavirus.

“We shut everything down. We shut our store down, we shut our website down, we shut our warehouses down, because we were very concerned about the safety of our employees and the customers,” Wyden told Yahoo Finance. “We went from over 200 employees to 12 employees to conserve the payroll.”

More than two months later, the Strand is still in limbo: A little more certain about its next

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