The chain is welcoming shoppers to 68 locations this week. How will the department store format fare amid the pandemic’s challenges?
Macy’s Inc. will kick off a phased reopening today, welcoming shoppers into 68 stores in states that have begun to ease retail restrictions. The department store chain plans to reopen stores with reduced hours in Georgia, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas, which are allowing select businesses to restart after the coronavirus outbreak prompted sweeping closures across the U.S.
A Macy’s representative confirmed the move to Commercial Property Executive, after it was first reported by The Wall Street Journal. Chief Executive Jeff Gennette told the newspaper that the company expects to reopen all of its roughly 775 stores within six weeks, depending on state and local regulations and the rate of new infections.