Retail

Best Buy Switching to Curbside Pickup Only

Best Buy, the nation’s largest electronics chain, is changing plans and closing all stores beginning Sunday and will only offer curbside pickup or delivery from online orders. After announcing a few days ago it would allow 10-15 customers at a time inside stores starting on Monday, government ordered closures in numerous states have altered the […]

Retail

Walmart to Trim Hours Again, Pay Bonuses

Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, announced it will close U.S. stores earlier at 8:30 p.m. every night beginning Thursday and open at 7 a.m. in the morning. Stores that open later than 7 a.m. will continue their regular starting hours. This will help Walmart employees restock the shelves for customers while continuing to clean and […]

Hotels

NY Hilton Temporarily Closes

The New York Hilton Midtown Hotel has temporarily closed due to the collapse in visitors in the city due to Coronavirus. The hotel is not taking any reservations and did not say how long it would close. Several other hotels in NY may also close soon as well. Hotel tracking firm STR reported that NYC […]

News

All Home Depot Stores to Close Daily at 6 PM

The Home Depot, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, announced it is temporarily adjusting store hours in response to COVID-19. Beginning Thursday, March 19, stores will now close daily at 6 p.m., while opening hours will remain unchanged. The company has 2,292 Home Depot stores in all 50 states, Canada and Mexico with over 400,000 […]

News

Fox Buys Tubi Streaming Service for $440 Million

NEW YORK – Fox Corporation has agreed to buy Tubi, a free ad-supported streaming service, for approximately $440 million in net cash. The Tubi deal is part of FOX’s long-term strategic initiative to broaden and enhance FOX’s direct-to-consumer digital reach and engagement. FOX will finance the deal by selling its stake in Roku, a maker […]

Retail

Target to Trim Operating Hours

Target, the nation’s second-largest discount chain, plans to reduce operating hours beginning Wednesday. Target will close all stores by 9 p.m. daily. Most stores usually close at or 11 p.m. with some in New York City open until 12. This will help the company replenish shelves and deep clean stores.  It builds on earlier-announced initiatives […]

Retail

Macy’s, Nordstrom to Close Stores

Two of the nation’s largest department store chains are closing their stores for two weeks to prevent spread of coronavirus. Macy’s will temporarily close all stores by end of business Tuesday through March 31, 2020. This includes all Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Bluemercury, Macy’s Backstage, Bloomingdales the Outlet and Market by Macy’s stores. Macy’s, Inc. will provide […]

Government Restaurant

NY, NJ, CT Governors to Close Restaurants, Bars, Gyms and Casinos

The Governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have banded together to order closings of gyms, bars and casinos in their states. Restaurants will no longer provide dine-in service but can open for takeout and delivery. Citing a lack of federal direction and nationwide standards, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor […]

Government

Cuomo Orders State Employees to Work From Home

Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered nonessential State employees to work from home started Tuesday. The Governor also directed local governments to reduce their overall workforce by 50 percent and allow nonessential employees to work from home. Cuomo has also directed DMV to move to appointment only to limit person to person contact and revert to […]

Retail

Starbucks Only Offering Coffee To Go

Starbucks, the nation’s largest coffee chain, is now offering its drinks to go only and won’t let customers sit inside or outside its stores due to the coronavirus. The move affects all stores in the U.S. and Canada. Starbucks has several hundred locations in the NYC area and about 15,000 in the U.S. Starbucks shared […]