George Floyd protests force Walmart, Target and CVS to close stores
Major retailers including Walmart, Target and CVS have closed stores as protests over the police killing of George Floyd turned violent, according to reports.
Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, shut hundreds of stores Sunday afternoon as protesters clashed with police and looting roiled some places. Damage from protests kept dozens of Walmart stores closed all day Sunday and it’s uncertain when they’ll reopen, a company spokesman said.
“What’s disturbing over the last 24 hours is it isn’t just at night,” a Walmart spokesman told the Wall Street Journal on Sunday. “We’ve even had issues this morning in broad daylight. We want to make sure our associates are safe.”
Target boarded up many of the more than 200 US stores it closed over the weekend, though some had reopened by Sunday evening, according to the Journal. The company’s website on Monday morning listed six locations in five states that remained closed.
They include two stores in Minneapolis, where Target is based and where Floyd was killed while in police custody last week. The Lake Street location near the site of Floyd’s death has to be rebuilt and won’t reopen until later this year, Target says.
“In any of our other locations that are damaged or at risk, the safety and well-being of our team, guests and the surrounding community will continue to be our paramount priority,” Target CEO Brian Cornell said in a Friday statement.
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