Another major retailer, Indigo, has decided to shutter all of its locations in its response to aid the growing effort for social distancing and protect both workers and shoppers.
The Canadian bookstore chain announced today it will shutter all of its retail stores at the end of Tuesday’s business hours, until at least March 27.
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“The health and safety of our families, employees, customers, and communities has always been our top priority,” said Heather Reisman, CEO of Indigo Books & Music, in a statement.
“As this situation continues to evolve, we believe that this temporary shutdown is an opportunity to join Team Canada and do our part to control the spread of COVID-19.”
During this 10-day closure period, the company will provide full pay to employees for their scheduled shifts.
In the meantime, in response to the changing business environment as a result of the crisis, Indigo is providing free shipping for all online orders through March 31. There is no minimum purchase required, although this excludes international and remote areas and heavy and oversized products.
Indigo employs approximately 7,000 people across the country. It has roughly 90 full-scale stores and about 120 small-format stores.