GameStop closes all stores due to COVID-19
Already reeling from drastic sales declines, the coronavirus is hurting the video game retail chain more
The spreading of the coronavirus is far from being contained in the US, and, with many new cases being reported each day, it becomes of most importance for people to stay home. More stores are making the decision to close their doors as authorities are gradually implementing more restrictions to force people to remain quarantined. GameStop, one of the most popular stores to buy video games and everything related to gaming, closed the doors to all of its locations this past Sunday.
“This is an unprecedented time and each day brings new information about the COVID-19 pandemic. Our priority has been and continues to be on the well-being of our employees, customers and business partners. We have been steadfast in our adherence to CDC-guided safety and local government orders for retailers in each of our communities,” George Sherman, GameStop’s Chief Executive Officer, said in a statement. The good news is that customers can always use the GameStop online service to process orders with curbside pick-up at stores or delivery service.
Management did try to fight back the closing order and even claimed that these stores are considered “essential” as they sell keyboards and mice that people might need to work from home. GameStop told CNN Business in a statement that “we are one of many providers of these products that are remaining open at this time.” Some stores remained open in several states even though there was an order for non-essential businesses to shut down, including New York and New Jersey. Last Friday, stores in California and Pennsylvania started to close; California gave a statewide stay at home order since Thursday evening.