One of America’s top sports retailers is closing every store in America.
Nike announced Sunday morning it will, beginning on Monday, shut down every store in U.S., Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
Nike is closing all retail stores in the U.S. and Western Europe to help slow the spread of the coronavirus https://t.co/NR1Uh6lxWF
— Bloomberg (@business) March 15, 2020
The complete shutdown will be effective until March 27.
Here is Nike’s full statement:
The well-being of our teammates and consumers is our top priority so we have decided to close our stores in multiple countries around the world including in the United States, Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand to limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). These closures will go into effect from Monday, March 16 through Friday, March 27. Customers can continue to shop on Nike.com and on our Nike apps.
We are taking additional steps in other Nike-managed facilities, including the option to work from home, staggered work schedules, social distancing and additional safety and cleaning steps to help protect and support our teammates.
Our Nike-owned stores in South Korea, Japan, most of China and in many other countries are currently open and will continue their normal operations.
CNBC is reporting that Nike will pay workers in full during the time off.
According to CNBC, “Nike had 384 retail stores in the U.S., including Converse and its outlet locations, at the end of 2019.”
As of today, there are currently 2952 confirmed cases of coronavirus inside the United States with 57 deaths being reported. Worldwide, there have been 156,400 confirmed cases and 5,833 deaths. These numbers are provided by John Hopkins University.