The growing coronavirus pandemic has halted sporting events, shuttered schools and battered the travel industry. Yet few sectors of the economy may be more vulnerable to the disruption caused by the outbreak than retailers — a business that, despite the rise of ecommerce, still depends on luring customers out of their homes and into stores.
Some players, such as Apple and Urban Outfitters, are closing their doors altogether as they try to sit out the crisis; others are reducing their hours. Read on to learn how some of America's best-known retailers are responding to the emerging public health crisis.
Abercrombie & Fitch
The Ohio-based clothing store said it is closing all U.S. stores until March 28, while its online site will remain open. A&F subsidiaries Hollister and Gilly Hicks are also closed.
The maker of iPhones and MacBooks said it will close all retail stores until March 27.
The women's clothing store has closed all its locations and plans to re-open them on March 29.
The clothing store has closed its locations but will keep its online store open, according to an Instagram post.
The clothing store said Express and Express Factory Outlet locations are closed until March 27.
The watch retailer has closed all U.S. stores until March 28.
The video game store closed its locations temporarily and has switched to pick-up orders placed from its website.
The clothing company has closed 100 stores and reduced hours at its other U.S. locations.
The makeup store said it will close all its locations until at least March 26 and delay a new store opening in Arizona.
The Swedish furniture store has closed all 50 store locations and its planning studio in New York City.
The department store has reduced its hours so that locations close at 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sundays. Six stores in Puerto Rico are temporarily closed.
More than 500 locations will close and services through Jenny Craig will be converted to home delivery of food and over-the-phone fitness coaching.
Kohl's, a seller of apparel, footwear, beauty and home products, is temporarily closing all of its stores across the U.S. as of Thursday, March 19. It did not say when it plans to re-open..
The grocery chain is reducing its hours at locations in the Midwest and the South.
The athletic apparel store has closed its U.S. stores until March 27.
All 258 Lush stores across Canada and the U.S. will be temporarily closed until March 29, the company's owners said.
The department store chain will be closed until March 31. That includes Bloomingdale's, Bluemercury, Macy's Backstage, Bloomingdales the Outlet and Market by Macy's stores.
The computer store's retail locations will be closed worldwide indefinitely, the company announced.
Nike has closed all of its stores worldwide until March 27.
The upscale clothing chain will be closed for two weeks, the.
The clothing store will be closed until March 27.
The jewelry store closed all its corporate-owned locations until further notice.
Store locations are closed until March 31.
Outdoor gear company Patagonia has closed its physical stores and online portal.
All Peloton retail locations worldwide are closed until March 29, but employees will continue delivering its exercise bikes to people's homes.
All store locations close at 8 p.m. until further notice at this Florida-based grocery store.
The women's clothing store said on Instagram it's closing all stores — it didn't give a date for re-opening.
All 167 Recreational Equipment stores will be closed until March 27.
The beauty store has closed its retail locations until April 3 but is keeping its online portal open.
The cell phone service provider has closed some of its locations and reduced the hours at others to 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Starbucks willin areas like Seattle that are seeing wider coronavirus outbreaks. Elsewhere, the coffee chain will only serve customers "to go" in the U.S. and Canada.
The cell phone service provider has closed all its indoor mall locations until further notice, including Metro by T-Mobile stores.
Target locations aren't closing, but more workers will be assigned to focus on online orders and parking lot pickups.
All Tommy Hilfiger locations are closed until March 29, parent company Phillips-Van Heusen said; that includes its Calvin Klein, Izod and Van Heusen stores, also.
The grocery store has modified store hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice.
The owner of HomeGoods, HomeSense, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, Sierra Trading Post and Winners said all of its stores in the U.S., Canada, Europe and Australia are closed for two weeks. The company is also temporarily closing its tjmaxx.com, marshalls.com and sierra.com shopping sites.
The makeup retailer has closed its stores until March 31.
The athletic clothing store has closed all U.S. stores until March 28.
The clothing store has closed all of its locations until further notice. Sister stores Free People and Anthropologie are closed until March 28.
All Victoria's Secret locations will be closed until March 29, said corporate owner L Brands; that includes Bath & Body Works and PINK stores.
Walmart has reduced its hours to 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. until further notice.
The eyeglasses retailer has closed all stores until March 27.
The home goods store has closed all its locations in the U.S. and Canada until April 2 and will leave its online portal open.