Dick’s Sporting Goods to close all stores for two weeks
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One of North America’s largest suppliers of fishing tackle has announced the closure of all its stores with immediate effect until April 2.
Ed Stack, CEO of the retail store giant, Dick’s Sporting Goods, said that the move is in support of the nation’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19. The closure also affects Dick’s Field & Stream stores. The latest announcement follows an earlier decision to close 10 outlets and reduce daily opening hours.
The move to shutter all stores is in line with similar decisions by major retailers across the U.S., including Columbia and Under Armour, both of which have strong fishing apparel offers and are regular exhibitors at the ICAST trade show.
Dick’s added that after March 10 it has experienced a significant reduction in customer traffic and demand as a result of the spread of COVID-19. It said: “Because of the negative impact of the health scare on the company’s financial results and the uncertainty related to its duration, the company is withdrawing its fiscal 2020 outlook. It is not providing an updated outlook at this time.”
“We will remain open and ready to serve our customers via our mobile apps and online and through our new Curbside Contactless Pickup service at Dick’s Sporting Goods and Golf Galaxy stores,” it added in a statement.
“We realise the impact a closure can have on our team-mates and this is not a decision we made lightly. To help alleviate challenges during this temporary closure, we will be providing full pay and benefits during this two-week timeframe for all employees.”