Powell’s Books has announced that they will be opening up their Cedar Hills location this week, with modified business hours, and extra precautionary steps to keep their patrons safe.
Months back, Powell’s was forced to close their physical locations alongside the rest of Oregon retail and commerce, and since then has hired back large numbers of employees to handle the increase in online sales, and has reopened the City of Books on Burnside for scheduled pick-up shopping.
Most recently, Powell’s made the move to shift its popular in-store author events to a digital format.
Now, as Oregon continues to battle the spread of the coronavirus all the while businesses seek the opportunity to safely reopen, Powell’s will be unlocking the doors to their slightly smaller (but still 32,000 plus square foot) Cedar Hills Crossing shop.
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“Wear a face mask at all times while in the store. If you don’t have a mask, we’re happy to provide one for you,” reads the update on the Cedar Hills location page. “Maintain a distance of 6 feet between yourself, other patrons, and employees. Use hand sanitizer before browsing. You will find hand sanitizer stations at the entrance of the store and at each Info desk.”
“If possible, check Powells.com before your visit to ensure that the books you want to purchase are available at the store. To find out, look for this box on a book’s product page,” Powell’s continues. “We’re so happy to welcome you back into Powell’s Books at Cedar Hills Crossing.”
For the time being, Powell’s Cedar Hill will operate between 12 and 6 pm from Wednesday to Sunday, every week.
This news comes just a few days after Powell’s announced that it will be closing down (permanently) their location within the PDX Airport.
“Closing the airport store is a sad necessity as we face the months ahead. The privilege of welcoming book lovers to Portland, and sending Portlanders off on their travels with a good book in hand, has been a true gift,” wrote CEO Emily Powell on Instagram. “It’s hard for me to imagine our future without the airport, and without the airport’s seasoned team of booksellers. We hope to return one day.”