Small Businesses Open Slowly

Jenn Holland, owner of Holl & Main, will open her store this week with limited hours.

Over the weekend, area retail businesses were allowed to open their doors to customers again. Jennifer Holland, owner of Holl & Main at Park West Village in Morrisville, is excited to welcome back her customers.

Beginning Tuesday, May 12, her shop will be open Tuesday through Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m, after being closed to the public for weeks.

“We are going to operate on a very reduced schedule following CDC guidelines to ensure the safety and health of both our employees and customers, as that is our top priority,” she said.

Phase One of Governor Roy Cooper’s reopening plan allows previously shuttered retailers, such as department stores, jewelry stores and boutiques to reopen. That plan took effect on Friday, May 8.

“Many of North Carolina’s brick and mortar retailers have been hit hard by extended store closures,” said Andy Ellen, president and general counsel for the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association. “It’s our hope that consumers will be ready to support these businesses who have supported their communities through sponsorships of little league teams, booster clubs, civic organizations and also stepping in with product donations in times of need.”

To keep employees and customers safe as businesses reopen, retailers will continue to implement safety measures. NCRMA urges consumers to help retailers and their fellow shoppers by remembering the “Three Ws”:

  • Wear a cloth face covering.
  • Wait six feet apart to avoid close contact.
  • Wash your hands often or use hand sanitizer.

For those not ready to shop in person, even with these guidelines, Holl & Main and others are offering online ordering, store pickup, and shipping from the store.

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