Genesco Inc. has begun reopening its store banners.
The footwear and accessories retailer said it has reopened more than 300 Journeys stores and anticipates reopening more than 400 stores by the end of May. Genesco’s Johnston & Murphy division will begin its initial phase of store reopenings with up to 30 locations reopening this week, an additional 40 locations next week, and a more aggressive schedule to follow. The company said it expects many more openings in June.
All of Genesco’s reopened locations are operating under enhanced measures to ensure the health and safety of employees and customers, including requiring employees to wear masks, providing hand sanitizer in multiple locations throughout each store for customer and employee use, enhanced cleaning and sanitation protocols, reconfigured sales floors to promote physical distancing, and modified employee and customer interactions to limit contact.
"While we have been pleased with the sales we are experiencing through our e-commerce platforms, we are very excited to once again serve our customers through our stores,” said Mimi E. Vaughn, president and CEO, Genesco. “Our teams have spent countless hours meticulously preparing for the reopening of our stores in the right way with safety and health as our highest priority."
Genesco operates more than 1,475 retail stores throughout the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, principally under the names Journeys, Journeys Kidz, Little Burgundy, Schuh, Schuh Kids and Johnston & Murphy.