More retailers will be closed for Easter than in past years because of the coronavirus pandemic.
In addition to the long list of companies that have temporarily shuttered stores due to COVID-19, some grocery stores that have traditionally kept their doors open on the holiday will be closed to give employees a day off.
Trader Joe’s, Sprouts Farmers Market, BJ’s Wholesale Club and Southeastern Grocers (BI-LO, Fresco y Más, Harveys Supermarket and Winn-Dixie) are among the retailers who have announced they will be closed April 12, a change from last year. Not all companies have announced 2020 plans.
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Trader Joe’s advises shoppers in an announcement on its website to fill “your Trader Joe’s baskets with Easter fare early” because stores will be closed “to give our incredible Crew Members a much needed day of rest.”
BJ’s Wholesale Club, which has 218 locations, said in a statement that all clubs will be closed “to give team members a day to rest and recharge.”
Stores traditionally closed on Easter include: Costco, Sam’s Club and Target. Malls and department stores, most of which are closed because of COVID-19, also have stayed closed on Easter in past years, while home improvement stores have stayed open, along with gas station convenience stores and drug stores.
Sears, which has closed hundreds of locations in recent years, has been one exception in past years. This year, stores will be closed as the retailer announced in a news release that all stores would be closed Saturday through “at least April 30.”
Lowe’s announced Tuesday that all stores and distribution centers in the U.S. and Canada would be closed for the holiday, a change from past years.
“We want to provide our teams with a much-deserved day off to spend Easter Sunday with their families and loved ones and recharge,” Marvin Ellison, Lowe’s president and CEO, said in a news release. “We will take steps to ensure that no hourly associate loses scheduled hours or has a reduction in pay as a result of closing on Sunday.”
Easter 2020 closings
The following stores have announced they will be closed on April 12. More stores are expected to announce plans in the coming days.
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