AppleApple Inc. AAPL 0.1% said it was keeping a number of its stores in the country closed on Sunday in light of the protests, without specifying how many stores, CNBC reported. It didn’t say whether the closures would be extended beyond Sunday if the protests continued.
The company has only been operating about half of its 271 U.S. stores due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The move follows the looting of a number of Apple retail outlets across the country, including in Minneapolis, Washington D.C., and Brooklyn.
Amazon.com Inc. AMZN 1.72% sent out a notice to its part-time delivery executives across a dozen cities, including Minneapolis, Chicago, and Los Angeles, working under the Flex program, to stop making deliveries “immediately” and return home, as reported by CNBC.
The company adjusted the Flex schedule, under which drivers can deliver Amazon products using their own vehicles as an independent contractor and get paid, to match curfew timings across cities, CNBC noted.
Amazon’s subsidiary supermarket chain Whole Foods also said it was temporarily closing or reducing operating hours at a number of outlets across the country.
WalmartWalmart Inc. WMT 0.21% had closed some of its stores in Minneapolis and Atlanta on Friday, after a few of them became a target of looting.
The retailer on Sunday said it was further closing several hundred stores across the country, according to CNBC.
Walmart said it would access the situation on an everyday basis, and some of the outlets could be reopened as soon as Monday if there’s no physical damage.
TargetTarget Corporation TGT 3.36%, in a statement late Saturday, said it was shuttering 175 stores and reducing hours at a few others until further notice.
Chief Executive Officer Brian Cornell said the company was working to ensure that workers displaced as a result of the protests, including more than 200 from its Minneapolis Lake Street store, are supported, including “receiving full pay and benefits in the coming weeks.”
Among other retailers, Nike Inc. NKE 0.07% said it has temporarily shut some of its stores, and Adidas AG ADDYY 1.66% closed all its outlets, the Wall Street Journal reported.