Goal quickly shuts 175 US shops amid protests


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As protests, riots and looting over the dying of George Floyd in police custody grip the nation, Goal has temporarily closed 175 stores in 13 states throughout the nation.

In a press release on its website, Goal says it would shut 71 shops in Minnesota, 49 in California, 12 in New York and a scattering of others throughout the nation in the intervening time.

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Many of the shops seem like in or close to cities hit by violent protests and looting, akin to Atlanta, Georgia, and California’s Bay Space. Goal shops in some cities have already been broken or looted.

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Nationwide protests erupted this week after video emerged of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he begged for air Monday throughout his arrest on suspicion of fraud.

Floyd, a black man, later died. Officer Derek Chauvin, who’s white, has been arrested in his dying. He and three different Minneapolis law enforcement officials even have been fired.

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Among the protests, which have unfold from Minneapolis throughout the nation, have resulted in clashes with police, fires and looting.

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Greater than 24 U.S. cities have enacted curfews, and the Nationwide Guard has been referred to as out in 12 states and Washington, D.C., The Washington Submit reviews.

“We’re heartbroken by the dying of George Floyd and the ache it’s inflicting communities throughout the nation,” Goal mentioned in its assertion. It expects most closures to be short-term, although broken shops will stay shut till additional discover.

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Workers at closed shops might be paid for scheduled shifts for the following 14 days, together with coronavirus bonuses, and can have the ability to work at close by shops, Goal says.

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Goal has 1,871 stores in america, bringing in $75.four billion in complete income in 2018, in line with its website. Based in 1962, Goal is predicated in Minneapolis.

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Don Sweeney has been a newspaper reporter and editor in California for greater than 25 years. He has been a real-time reporter based mostly at The Sacramento Bee since 2016.

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