The latest Corona Virus Retail Closures: Lululemon and Lush to Close All Stores March 16.

With mounting social and financial pressures from the Corona Virus Crisis and the ever-increasing health risks, Lululemon and Lush have announced they will close stores starting March 16th.

Lululemon will be providing digital fitness, meditation, and mindfulness classes online. Also, Lush is available for online shopping, although they warn that as a result of diminished production capacity there may be shipping delays. Lululemon is continuing to offer online shopping as an option.

Why Aren’t Malls and Anchor Stores Announcing Yet?

Yesterday malls reduced their open hours from 11 am -7 pm. Undoubtedly this is due to financial burden retailers are now facing from lost sales and expensive leases. Shortening hours is simply not enough to mitigate Corona Virus exposure. It does little to reassure the public or to stimulate social distancing. Shoppers take cues from retailers to know if it’s safe to shop. This influences our habits more than government recommendations. Retailers have a disproportionately large responsibility in affecting the spread of the Corona Virus.

I have yet to see mall anchor stores announce their closures. This would go a long way in forcing malls to fully close doors and ease the burden on smaller retailers who have to juggle the ratio of sales and rent with much greater delicacy and a smaller room for error. To sum up, this is a complicated economical decision for all parties involved, but I believe malls, anchor stores, and larger retailers need to lead the way. Simply put, they need to do right by consumers and have the largest responsibility in our society.

It’s clear that this is the largest crisis in the past 30 years. The consequences of our inaction will forever be written in history.

How Will This Change My Spending Habits?

Time at home during self-isolation provides ample opportunity to follow social media and see what’s happening in the retail space around us. I am keeping a close watch on how businesses are responding to this crisis. We can observe more closely under this social magnifier how brands treat their employees, and what they are doing for loyal consumers.

I am building a Naughty & Nice List and will remember who to support when the time comes. Because of this, when the immediate crisis is over and recession sets in we will be more discerning where we spend our money. Our consumer habits will change. Primarily I will support small and local businesses. I will support brands that take care of their people and that respect the community. The brands that showed great leadership and acted swiftly. I encourage my readers to do the same. Locally I am seeing large races refusing refunds, and stores not offering event credits for postponements.

Are you aware of other retailers that have made announced Corona Virus Closures?

More updates to come….

Corona Virus Retail Closures

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Corona Virus Closures Lululemon and Lush to Close All Stores March 16

Apple

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Lush

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Corona Virus Closures Lululemon and Lush to Close All Stores March 16

Glossier

Nike

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With love, Your Nike Family

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Arc’teryx

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To our community in the United States, ⁠ ⁠ As valued members of our Arc’teryx community, your health and safety is our top priority.⁠ ⁠ We are diligently monitoring the rapidly developing situation around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). With an abundance of caution we’ve made the decision to temporarily close all US brand and factory outlet stores for the next 14 days.⁠ ⁠ We believe that this temporary closure is the responsible action to take at this time to do our part to stop the spread of COVID-19.⁠ ⁠ We will actively communicate updates about our US retail stores reopening as they come available, and look forward to connecting with you in person in the near future.⁠ ⁠ Thank you for your understanding and patience. ⁠ ⁠ Take Care, ⁠ -Arc'teryx

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Everlane

Anthropologie

Patagonia

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Dear Patagonia community, As COVID-19 spreads—and is now officially a pandemic—we are taking additional safety measures to protect our employees and customers. The scale of impact is still unknown, and we want to do our part to protect our community especially while testing availability is unknown. We will temporarily close our stores, offices and other operations at the end of business on Friday, March 13, 2020. Employees who can work from home will do so. All Patagonia employees will receive their regular pay during the closure. We apologize that over the next two weeks, there will be delays on orders and customer-service requests. We ask for your understanding and patience. We encourage our friends everywhere to take the extra precautions necessary to safeguard their health and that of others. It’s everyone’s responsibility to help stop the spread of this virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and your local health authorities are the best resources for updates and answers to questions. 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. Thank you for your business, loyalty and patience. Rose Marcario CEO and President Patagonia, Inc Photo: @_timdavis_

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Reformation

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A few words on Ref and COVID-19.

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☆ Monday, March 16 Announcements ☆

Nordstrom

Aritzia

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A letter to our Community:
We know you’re being overwhelmed with news about COVID-19, and we know it’s a lot right now. Here, at Aritzia, you, our loyal clients are at the heart of what we do and why we do it. We’re committed to being both responsive and responsible, navigating these times with everyone’s safety in mind. We recognize that others are dealing with far more complex and impactful challenges than where we find ourselves. Our goal is to do our part for the global well-being. HEALTH AND SAFETY
As of Monday, March 16, we’ll be closing our retail locations until further notice. Based on the information we have, we feel this is the best decision for our people, our clients, our partners, and our community as a whole. In addition, we’ll be shifting all Support Office employees to flexible working arrangements. It goes without saying, we’ll take every measure to keep our environments and our people safe. These are complicated times, things are changing quickly and we’re committed to keeping you informed. ARITZIA COMMUNITY™ RELIEF FUND Aritzia is committed to providing the financial continuity of both our internal team and the employees of our overseas partners impacted by COVID-19. ALL OF ARITZIA’S PROFITS while we get through this challenging time, will go to the Aritzia Community™ Relief Fund to support our people and their families. OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU
Should you need some normalcy, aritzia.com will continue to be there for you. We’ve significantly increased precautionary measures to ensure the well-being of our Aritzia Concierge and Distribution Centres so that you, the women who love Aritzia, can continue to enjoy Everyday Luxury. Everything we’re doing is with input from people throughout the Aritzia team. As we navigate this complex and changing landscape, we’re being challenged on a daily basis. We’re doing our best to balance what’s right for our people, our clients, our partners, and our communities. Let’s continue to take care of each other. Your Aritzia.

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Corona Virus Closures Lululemon and Lush to Close All Stores March 16

Saje

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UPDATE: ⁣ ⁣ To support your health and safety during these complicated times, we have temporarily closed our stores across North America until further notice. ⁣ ⁣ We are available online at Saje.com to support your wellness. Please don't hesitate to reach out through live chat, email or phone and we will do our best to walk you through any questions.⁣ ⁣ We wish you health and wellness. ⁣ ⁣ — ⁣ ⁣ To Our Community: ⁠⠀⁣ ⁠⠀⁣ What does wellness mean to you? For most of us, the answer to this question is probably different today than it was only a couple of weeks ago.⁠⠀⁣ ⁠⠀⁣ Wellness is core to the Saje brand and is our number one priority during this complicated time. That is why we are temporarily closing all Saje retail locations effective Tuesday, March 17th. Stores will remain closed until we tentatively reopen on March 29th. Over the next two weeks, we will be compensating our team members for all scheduled hours. We are also providing additional resources for our distribution centres and adjusting operating procedures to allow for increased health and safety measures. ⁠⠀⁣ ⁠⠀⁣ To continue to support your wellness, we are available online at Saje.com and through live chat, email and phone. Throughout this period, we will be sharing Saje tips on how to practice wellness at home.⁠⠀⁣ ⁠⠀⁣ It’s often in difficult times that we reflect on what matters most. We are grateful to be a part of this powerful and supportive wellness community, and we encourage everyone to stay connected during this time. We are here for you.⁠⠀⁣ ⁠⠀⁣ In health and wellness,⁠⠀⁣ Saje

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