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COVID-19: Most major Toronto retailers closing

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Most major Toronto retailers closing – The list of retailers temporarily closing to help flatten the curve of COVID-19 is increasing hourly. Hundreds of stores closed on Monday and Tuesday with even more announcing closures on Wednesday.

Canada’s iconic almost 350-year-old department store chain Hudson’s Bay Company, which operates 89 stores across the country, announced Tuesday afternoon that they were closing at least for the next two weeks. “The health and well-being of our associates, customers and communities is our top priority, and remains at the forefront as we make decisions in this rapidly-evolving situation,” said Iain Nairn, President of Hudson’s Bay.

Eaton Center – Most major Toronto retailers closing

The Bay’s closure follows the announcement from Nordstrom earlier on Tuesday, closing their six locations as well as six additional Nordstrom Rack stores. Harry Rosen announced it would close at the end of the day Tuesday until March 31. Additionally, H and M, Indigo, Sephora, Muji, all announced temporary closures on Tuesday.

Toronto-based Canada Goose closed its seven Canadian stores for at least two weeks as of Tuesday, as well as stores in the US. They have also halted production of Canada Goose’s outerwear and fashion. The high-end brand is on the verge of opening its eighth Canadian store at CF Toronto Eaton Centre.

Montreal-based footwear retailer Aldo announced Tuesday afternoon that all of its stores in Canada would close through March 31 including all locations in the United States, the UK, France, and Ireland. Other shoe retailers closing include Foot Locker and Browns as well as their B2 outlets.

Other retail closures are vast including: Holt Renfrew, Simons, Uniqlo, ‘Guess? Inc.’Microsoft, J.Crew, Steve Madden, Peloton, Club Monaco, Foot Locker, American Eagle, Victoria’s Secret, The Body Shop, Lacoste, Samsung, Coach, Club Monaco, Reitmans, RW&CO, Mat & Nat, Thyme Maternity, Laura, Nespresso, and Addition Elle, and the list just keeps growing, with popular Swedish home and design outlet IKEA closing along with Home Depot reducing its hours.

Chances are all major retailers (commonly found in malls) will be closed temporarily before the end of the week as a concerted effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the strain on the public health system.

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