MERIDEN â€“ Americaâ€™s largest family-owned department store is shutting down, at least for the time being.
The Pennsylvania-based Boscovâ€™s, which has locations in Meriden and Milford, temporarily closed all 49 of its stores, distribution centers and offices across the Northeast U.S. in an effort to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
â€śThroughout this crisis, our first priority has always been the health and safety of our coworkers, customers and our communities,â€ť Chairman and CEO Jim Boscov said in a letter to the companyâ€™s loyal customers. â€śWe have been guided by the recommendations of the CDC as well as other medical and governmental authorities. We urge all businesses and individuals to follow the best advice of the medical community and be part of the solution.â€ť
Boscovâ€™s sells apparel for men, women and children along with jewelry, accessories and household goods. Its closest store is located inside the Westfield Meriden Mall.
Governors throughout the tristate area, including Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, closed shopping malls last week in an effort to prevent large gatherings of people amongst the outbreak of the coronavirus.
The national corporation is one of many that have temporarily halted operations during this time.
â€śAll of us, in every community across the country are facing a rapidly evolving and unprecedented crisis,â€ť Boscov explained. â€śOur hearts go out to all of those being impacted. This pandemic will challenge us all. Difficult decisions have been made, but Iâ€™m confident, with the help of our business partners and our incredible team of coworkers, we will successfully navigate this crisis. And I promise that when we reopen our doors, customers will find the same incredible service, selection and pricing that Boscovâ€™s is known for.â€ť
Updates will be posted to boscovs.com or the companyâ€™s social media pages.
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