Hobby Lobby is closing all of its stores and furloughing most of its employees, effective Friday, April 3.
The furloughs will impact all store employees and a majority of corporate and distribution employees. According to a company news release, all Hobby Lobby stores will remain closed until further notice.
Business Insider reports that Hobby Lobby has been reopening stores in states where they had been required to temporarily close due to coronavirus concerns. The crafts retailer reopened stores in states that have shelter-in-place orders in place, and Hobby Lobby has argued that it provides an essential service.
“We know our customers relied on us to provide essential products, including materials to make personal protective equipment, such as face masks, educational supplies for the countless parents who are now educating their children from home, and the thousands of small arts and crafts businesses who rely on us for supplies to make their products,” the company release reads.
The company is ending emergency leave pay and use of paid time-off benefits while maintaining medical, dental, life and long-term disability benefits for employees through at least May 1.
According to the letter, Hobby Lobby is planning to reopen stores “when the current situation improves…”
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