Three of the nation's largest retailers -- Macy's, Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom -- will be closing their stores temporarily due to the spread of the novel strain of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Macy's said it would close all stores, including Bloomingdale's locations, at the end of the business day on Tuesday, March 17 through Tuesday, March 31. That's the same time frame for Nordstrom's scheduled closure.
Online stores for all three will stay open.
"The health and safety of our customers, colleagues and communities is our utmost priority," said Jeff Gennette, chairman and chief executive officer of Macy’s, Inc. "As a result of the recent COVID-19 developments, we have decided to temporarily close our stores.
"We will work with government and health officials to assess when we will reopen our stores and safely bring our colleagues back to work. During this closure, we will continue to serve our customers through our e-commerce sites.”
Macy's and Nordstrom both said they will provide benefits and compensation to its store employees during this period.
“The health and safety of our customers and employees remain our top priority as we continue to make decisions during this rapidly evolving situation," said Erik Nordstrom, chief executive officer, Nordstrom, Inc. "We’re taking decisive actions across the business to help protect employees, customers and others in the communities we serve."
Nordstrom noted its online platform accounted for one-third of sales in 2019.
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