Target, Walmart and CVS Among Retailers Scaling Back Business Amid Ongoing Protests

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Retailers across the U.S. have announced they are closing some stores in cities affected by street protests over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Chains including Target, CVS, Walmart and Apple are scaling back on business, either temporarily closing sites or limiting hours in certain locations, reports Associated Press.

Some of these company’s physical locations have been disrupted by protests, either being burned, broken into or looted amid escalating demonstrations.

These are retailers that have announced temporary closures in light of ongoing protests.


The Amazon-owned Whole Foods announced on May 31 that it was temporarily closing or adjusting store hours at multiple locations throughout the country, including in Minneapolis, Chicago and Los Angeles.

A spokesperson for the grocer told CNBC that the store closed locations far in advance of locally-imposed curfews to ensure that employees could get home safely.

Amazon also advised Flex drivers — who are independent contractors — to halt delivery of packages “immediately,” according to documents viewed by the outlet. The notice was sent to drivers in nearly a dozen cities, including Minneapolis, Seattle, Los Angeles, Nashville and Miami.


Target, which is based in Minneapolis, closed six of its stores for an extended period, according to AP.

The retailer also said it either adjusted hours or temporarily closed entirely at more than 200 of its locations in cities including Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago and Oakland, California. Many of the stores were scheduled to reopen on Sunday or Monday.

The company said that it will pay employees at closed locations for up to 14 days, including premiums that they are earning due to COVID-19. They will also be able to work at Target locations that remain open.

“We are heartbroken by the death of George Floyd and the pain it is causing communities across the country,” the company announced in a statement. “Our focus will remain on our team members’ safety and helping our community heal.”


Walmart closed hundreds of stores late Sunday afternoon out of concern for worker and customer safety.

A spokesman told AP that some stores were closed all of Sunday due to damage resulting from demonstrations. The company did not specify when these locations would be able to reopen.


CVS said it shuttered locations in more than 20 states and the District of Columbia, although they did not specify how many stores had been affected.

“We are continually monitoring protests as they occur in the communities we serve and will close stores, if needed, to help ensure the safety of employees and customers,” the company said in a statement.


Apple, which recently reopened about 100 of all 271 U.S. stores that were already closed because of COVID-19, kept many stores closed on Sunday.

“With the health and safety of our teams in mind, we’ve made the decision to keep a number of our stores in the US closed on Sunday,” the company said in a statement.

The company did not specify how many locations were affected.


The activewear giant closed some stores affected by protests, according to CNBC.

“Nike supports free and peaceful protests and we do not condone violence,” the company said in a statement. “We are closely following the protests occurring across the country.”


Adidas temporarily shuttered all of its U.S. retail stores, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

At least one location was hit by looters over the weekend.

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