Dreaming of the day you can head to Homegoods again and fill your cart to the brim with all the tea towels, wall art, and accent tables you never knew you needed? Same. We've been Googling "is Homegoods open" pretty much since the day they shut their doors (see below). And now that most states are slowly reopening retail stores, the million dollar question is, when will Homegoods follow suit?
The good news for some: certain Homegoods stores have already reopened. Stores in a handful of states, including Texas, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, and North Carolina are already open with limited hours, including dedicated shopping times for the elderly and at risk.
As for the rest of us? According to the most recent earnings report for TJX, Homegoods parent company, store openings are being evaluated on a location-by-location basis, but the company is hoping to have most stores reopened by the end of June.
We reached out to Homegoods HQ for more information, and according to Andrew Mastrangelo, assistant vice president of global communications at TJX, the "store locator" page on the HomeGoods website is the best place to find the most up-to-date information for your area. He said the company expects the store locator page to be updated daily.
Mastrangelo also shared the latest statement from TJX CEO and president Ernie Herrman, which includes more detail about new procedures that will help keep shoppers and associates safe when stores do reopen:
“As the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved, our Company has continued to prioritize the health and well-being of our Associates, customers, and the communities we serve. As part of our response to the health crisis, we closed our stores in nine countries and online shopping sites, as well as our distribution centers and offices around the world several weeks ago. As various states and countries re-open businesses and we re-open our own stores and e-commerce websites, health and safety will remain a very important consideration.
No matter where people live in the world, we want our Associates and customers to feel confident when they come back to work or shop in our stores. In light of the pandemic, we have been highly focused on making changes to help provide a healthier store environment going forward. For our Associates, we are following newly established health protocols, including required use of face masks while working and implementing social distancing work practices.
In our stores, we have installed protective shields at cash registers, added social distancing markers in our queue lines, implemented new processes for handling merchandise returns, and instituted new cleaning regimens, including enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces throughout the day. We care deeply about the health and well-being of our valued Associates and customers, and for this reason, expect all customers who shop in our stores to wear a face covering. As Associates return to our distribution centers and offices, we are also implementing new safety protocols designed to help protect their health as well.
With many locations in many regions, our retail websites will serve as the best source of information about when specific stores or online businesses plan to re-open.
I very much look forward to welcoming back our Associates and customers across the globe. As always, we remain honored to be part of your lives and wish you good health, now and in the future.”
We'll update this post as we learn more specific details.