Williams-Sonoma said it will extend its temporary closure of U.S. and Canada stores through May 31, 2020 in locations where retail restrictions have not been lifted. The company will continue to reopen stores on a market-by-market basis consistent with local and state government guidelines.
“Our priority is the health and safety of our associates, customers and communities, and we are committed to creating a safe and comfortable shopping environment while continuing to deliver a superior experience for our customers. We are closely following CDC and government guidelines and have in place strict safety protocols including regular sanitization, limitation on the number of customers and associates in-store, appointment shopping, and a supply of protective equipment such as masks and gloves for associates. Our stores are an important differentiator for our business, and we are excited to welcome our customers back to our stores,” said Laura Alber, president and CEO, Williams Sonoma.
Alber added, “We are proud to be able to continue providing pay and benefits for associates who had been regularly working more than 12 hours weekly at stores that remain temporarily closed. Our people have been at the core of our resilience during this crisis and we are confident that together we will emerge as an even stronger company.”