– The spread of COVID-19 in Canada has prompted the directors of certain large chain stores to close their establishments for an indefinite period.
This is particularly the case for the chains La Baie, Simons, IKEA, L’Oréal Canada and Reitmans; the latter owns a few other brands including Penningtons and Addition Elle.
Roots Canada has indicated that it will close its 115 Canadian stores today, until March 31, when it will reassess the situation.
The Sportscene Group has indicated that around a quarter of its restaurants, or 13 La Cage – Brasserie sportive establishments, will be closed, as will its Moishes establishments.
However, certain services will continue to be offered during the weeks when these stores are closed; they will vary according to the establishments. Employees who were on the work schedule for the next few days should be paid, according to information provided by the managers of some of these channels.
Several banners do not announce any change at the moment. This is particularly the case for Costco, Dollarama and Home Sense stores.
The L’Aubainerie clothing store chain remains accessible, but the opening hours have been changed.
At Walmart Canada, the stores also remain open. President and CEO Haio Barbeito says the retailer is doing its best to stock stores as quickly as possible with the products customers are currently looking for, including hand sanitizer, paper products, products cleaning and non-perishable food.
The Home Depot Canada home improvement centers will close their doors every day at 6 p.m. starting Saturday, and the chain said it is expanding its paid vacation policy to give all of its full-time employees 80 hours of additional leave sickness or personal leave. Hourly part-time employees will receive 40 hours of overtime.
On the other hand, the Facebook page of the Quebec Retail Council (CQCD) displays a message from Canada’s major food chains ensuring that consumers will not run out of food or products.
The management of the Metro markets, which also owns the Super C, Adonis and Richelieu brands as well as the Jean Coutu pharmacies, reports that due to a volume of visits higher than normal, the inventory level has changed. Limits on the maximum quantities that can be ordered for certain items have therefore been imposed.
At Loblaw Companies, CEO Galen Weston says the empty shelves recently seen in supermarkets, including Provigo, Maxi, L’Intermarché and Pharmaprix in Quebec, were just the result of large purchases of some people who make reservations.
At Empire, the parent company of the Sobeys, IGA and Bonichoix chains, we are confident in the grocery supply chain.
For its part, the Association of Food Retailers of Quebec (ADA) confirms that food stores were overloaded this week by a historic demand for food products. It asks citizens to be responsible in their purchases.