An assailant robbed a Target target as protesters marched against Oakland California police on May 30, 2020, in the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after a white cop knelt on his neck How many minutes.
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Major retailers across the country are temporarily closing their stores in areas where protests against police violence are at stake.
Target, Apple and Amazon Whole Foods are among retailers announced to temporarily shutter locations or arrange store hours around curfews across the city. Some Apple, Target and Whole Foods stores have been damaged by the robbery, as demonstrations have become violent in several cities across the United States.
In recent days protests have erupted across the country in the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of Minneapolis police. On Friday, Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer who was shot in the neck by Floyd before he died, was taken into custody and charged with murder. The anger in response to Floyd̵7;s murder resulted in clashes with police and looting in several cities.
The protests are likely to back some retailers’ plans to reopen stores closed with pandemics. For example, Apple shut down nearly half of its 271 stores in the United States in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, though it opened nearly 100 stores last week.
Here are some of the announcements made by retailers about store closures tied to protests:
Whole Foods, which Amazon acquired for $ 13.7 billion in 2017, said on Sunday it would temporarily close or adjust store hours at several locations across the country.
Whole Foods stores near Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Chicago all remain closed. The company’s Bryant Park store in New York City has only been open for grocery delivery for several weeks due to a coronavirus outbreak, but the store is ending orders online early as a result of protests, a source said. spokesperson for Whole Foods on CNBC.
The spokesman said Whole Foods made sure affected locations were up to date as city curfews began so that shop associates could get home safely. Minneapolis, Chicago and Los Angeles are all announced curfews this weekend that are expected to last at least Monday morning.
A notice was also sent by Flex drivers last Saturday advising them to stop delivering packages “immediately,” according to documents viewed by CNBC. Notifications were sent to drivers in nearly a dozen cities, including Minneapolis, Seattle, Los Angeles, Nashville and Miami.
Amazon spokeswoman Kelly Cheeseman told CNBC in a statement: “We monitor the situation closely and in a small city of cities we have fixed routes or scaled back the usual delivery operations to ensure the safety of our teams. “
News of the delivery changes was first reported by Bloomberg.
Flex drivers are independent contractors of Amazon who use a mobile app to find package delivery jobs in their area. Drivers log into the Flex app to sign up for transfers, defined as “blocks,” which can be for a range of Amazon services, such as Whole Foods, Prime Now and AmazonFresh orders .
In a notice sent to Flex drivers, Amazon said it would close delivery locations “near the activity” and reopen those locations if it confirmed it was safe to do so.
“We will be in close contact with local officials and will continue to monitor the protests,” the notice said. “We actively monitor every zip code in the area, and re-route drivers to make sure the routes you take for deliveries are safe.”
Some cities have also shown fewer blocks in the Flex app to accommodate city curfews. For example, in Miami, drivers can pick up blocks until 7:30 p.m., as early as 8 p.m. curfew, according to a separate document viewed by CNBC.
The target said late Saturday that it had temporarily closed 175 stores nationwide as a result of ongoing protests.
The company, which operates 1,900 stores across the United States, has closed 71 stores in Minnesota and at least a dozen stores in California and New York. Any Target employees affected by the store closures will be paid up to 14 days of scheduled time, including Covid-19 premium pay, the company said.
Employees can also work in other nearby Target locations that remain open. While many stores were closed during the coronavirus outbreak, Target and other retailers such as Walmart and Whole Foods have opened their stores.
Some businesses looted and vandalized cities across the United States during protests, including a Target store in Minneapolis and Oakland.
Target CEO Brian Cornell said in a post on Sunday that the company is supporting more than 200 team members “moved” by closing the Lake Street store in Minneapolis, “as well as other store “damaged or in danger. ”
“As a target team, we blossomed, we reaffirmed, we witnessed horrific scenes like what’s playing now and weep that things aren’t changing enough,” Cornell said. “And as a team we are committed to dealing with the disease with purpose.”
Apple has announced that it will not open many of its stores on Sunday due to protests.
“With the health and safety of our teams in mind, we have decided to keep a number of our stores in the US closed on Sunday,” the company said in a statement.
Apple has 271 stores in the United States and nearly half of them are closed due to pandemics. Last week, the company opened nearly 100 stores in nearly 20 states across the U.S.
Many Apple stores have been vandalized and robbed amid protests across the country, including in Minneapolis, Brooklyn and Washington, D.C.
Walmart said Sunday night that it would close hundreds of stores nationwide, the company confirmed to CNBC.
Some Walmart stores have been physically damaged or robbed amid protests that have been violent. On Friday, the company closed stores in Minneapolis and Atlanta. As protests continued throughout the weekend, Walmart eventually moved to close stores in locations across the country, a Walmart spokesman said.
The company monitors information from law enforcement, social media activity and the situation at individual stores to determine store closures, the spokesman said. Walmart is working to determine how to support employees who have moved out of store closures, they added.
“We want to make sure everyone does [our employees] taken care of, “the spokesman said.” It is the leading time factor in driving these decisions and as the situation changes, we will learn how to take care of them. “
Walmart plans to reopen stores that closed Monday, as long as there was no physical damage to those locations and determined the surrounding area was safe, the company said. It will continue to monitor the situation closely, Walmart added.
Like Target, Walmart maintains its stores during every coronavirus pandemic. However, the company has reduced store hours to allow for more cleaning and restocking, among other steps.
Nike closes some of the US stores affected by the protests, the company confirmed to CNBC.
“Nike supports free and peaceful protest and we do not condone violence,” Nike said in a statement. “We are closely following the protests taking place across the country.”
It is unclear how many locations will be closed and if Nike will reopen the stores. Thieves exploded at a Nike store in Manhattan during a protest on Saturday night.
Adidas temporarily closed all its U.S. stores, after at least one location was hit by thieves Saturday night, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Representatives from Adidas were not immediately available for comment.
– CNBC’s Josh Lipton contributed to this report.