Updated: Bed Bath & Beyond To Temporarily Close Majority Of Its Stores

Update: Bed Bath & Beyond has updated its COVID-19 response. By Monday morning, March 23, 2020, the company will temporarily close all its retail banner stores across the U.S. and Canada, other than its buybuy Baby and Harmon Face Values stores, subject to state and local regulations. The move is part of ongoing efforts to help reduce the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and means all but approximately 175 of the company’s approximately 1,500 stores will be closed to the public until April 3, 2020. The company will provide all associates impacted by these store closures with applicable pay and benefits for this period.

On Friday, March 20, Bed Bath & Beyond had said it would temporarily close over 50% of its stores across all its banners, within the United States and Canada, to help reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  This includes the majority of its core, Bed Bath & Beyond retail stores. The company was previously going to continue to operate approximately 700 essential stores, including the company’s buybuy Baby, Harmon and other concepts, as well as any Bed Bath & Beyond stores that have a health and personal care department.

Mark Tritton, president and CEO, Bed Bath & Beyond, said, “Our number one priority is the health and safety of our customers and associates. We will do our part to slow the spread of this virus by closing the vast majority of stores across our retail operations. Responding to consumer demand, we will continue to make available essential infant, personal and health care products to customers who need items urgently, in our stand-alone buybuy Baby and Harmon stores. Meanwhile, we are improving our ability to deliver other essential items to our loyal customers’ homes during this time, by enhancing our e-commerce capabilities and regional distribution network.”