Even as more than 150 major retailers have closed down all of their physical stores due to coronavirus, there is a group of companies that remain open. Not because they are selling the kinds of things you and I would say are essential — food, drugs, cleaning products — but for other reasons that seem to defy logic.
In an effort to put these company’s questionable practices into the spotlight, we are keeping a running total of retailers we think have a lot of explaining to do on why they remain open (even as some of their stores are closed due to local situations or they are only open for curbside pick-ups or by appointment).
I don’t know, is Stupid too strong a word? You decide:
Badcock Home Furniture & More
Barnes & Noble
Bass Pro Shops
Big 5 Sporting Goods
Correction: an earlier version of this story mistakenly included Belk. They are closed.