Omnichannel retailer Bed Bath & Beyond has revealed plans to fully reopen a number of its stores in phased manner amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The reopening will be subjected to state and local regulations.
As part of the strategy, the retailer will expand BOPIS and contactless curbside pickup services to at least 200 additional locations. It will also expand store fulfilment services.
Additionally, it will implement a new Store Safety Plan for a safe shopping experience across all stores scheduled to reopen to customers.
The retailer is expecting to close a majority of stores across its retail banners until at least this month-end.
Bed Bath & Beyond president and CEO Mark Tritton said: “We’re expanding our network of contactless curbside locations, so even more of our customers can conveniently buy online and pick up in-store in just a few hours. So, whether it’s a last-minute Mother’s Day gift, essential spring-cleaning equipment, or the start of a full renovation, we’re here to make it easy to feel at home this Spring.
“As we initiate our store re-opening plans, we continue to prioritise the health and safety of our associates and customers. To help ensure our customers can shop safely with confidence, we are implementing a new Store Safety Plan, enhancing our existing protocols and based on the latest guidance from federal, state and local government and health authorities.”
Bed Bath & Beyond added that it will continue to furlough the majority of store associates and some corporate associates until at least 30 May 2020.
Last month, the company decided to not provide financial guidance for fiscal 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.