Macy's and Victoria's Secret both announced March 18 that they plan to temporarily close their stores because of COVID-19.
Macy's, which has a store in Fort Wayne's Glenbrook Square, planned to close all stores March 17-31, according to an email to customers from Chairman and CEO Jeff Gennette. The move included all Macy's, Bloomingdale's, Bluemercury, Macy's Backstage, Bloomingdales the Outlet and Market by Macy's stores.
Macy's, Inc. will provide benefits and compensation to its impacted workforce, including those at some oft he company's distribution centers that will be affected, according to the notice.
"The health and safety of our customers, colleagues and communities is our utmost priority," Gennette said in an announcement on Macy's website. ".. We will work with government and health officials to assess when we will reopen our stores and safely bring our colleagues back to work, During this closure, we will continue to serve our customers through our e-commerce sites."
Victoria's Secret decided to halt its online sales through March 29 after announcing it too was temporarily closing stores. The company has the Victoria's Secret and PINK brands at Glenbrook Square and Jefferson Pointe.
It said it would pay workers impacted by the closures.
"We ask for your understanding during this time relative to orders you may have placed that have not yet been fulfilled," it said on its website. "Our customer care team will be sending out update emails in the next few days regarding order status."
L Brands owner of the Victoria's Secret and PINK brands, also closed its Bath & Body Works stores in the U.S. and Canada.
"While our associates are home with their loved ones at this critical time, we'll support them with pay," it said on its website, "as well as look for other ways to we might ease their concerns and share our appreciation for all they've done."
Coach, which has a store in the Outlet Shoppes at Fremont, has closed all of its stores in the U.S., Canada and Europe until at least March 27. It will continue to give employees their pay and benefits, according to an email from Laura Dubin-Wander, president of Coach America.