[This is an ongoing, developing list and will be updated frequently. For more details, contact specific businesses.]

Non-essential retail stores can reopen as part of phase one reopenings in Kentucky on Wednesday, May 20.

Retail businesses that are considered non-essential include entertainment, sporting goods, clothing, shoe, jewelry and furniture stores, florists, bookstores and auto dealers.

Similar to restaurants, retail businesses can only operate at 33% capacity. Shoppers and employees are expected to maintain six feet of distance. In places where six feet of distance isn’t possible, like cash registers, stores are encouraged to create barriers between employees and customers.

Stores are allowed to open fitting rooms as long as the rooms are cleaned after each use, and clothes are sanitized before they go back out on the floor. If shoppers need to sign a receipt, the pen must be sanitized.

retailEmployees must wear masks, wash their hands frequently, and sanitize areas or items that have been touched.


What retail stores will open in near the Hamburg area? What retail stores will remain closed? Who will continue to offer curbside service?

Barnes & Noble plans to reopen their doors on May 29 with daily hours from 10:30 am until 6 pm.

Bed Bath & Beyond offers curbside service at select locations, but not the one in Hamburg.

Most Best Buy stores have remained open for curbside pickup service of online orders. Starting in May, about 200 Best Buys locations will offer in-store scheduled consultations.

Costco and Sam’s Club have remained open.

Costo locations and gas stations returned to regular operating hours on Monday, May 4. As of that date, all Costco shoppers are required to wear face masks.

Grocery stores like Kroger, Meijer, Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Fresh Market, Whole Foods have stayed open with limited hours and special shopping time for seniors and those considered in groups at risk.

HomeGoods on New Circle Road to reopen on May 28.

My Favorite Things will open doors on June 2 with limited hours. Tuesday – Friday 10 am until 6 pm, Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm, and closed Sunday and Monday.

Starbucks has remained open for drive-thru services only. Starting in May, more locations will open up and expand service.

Target and Walmart have remained open.

TJX, the company that owns T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and Home Goods, are reopening many of its stores. Reopening plans vary by location, check your local store first.

Tuesday Morning is the next big retailer to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy amid COVID-19. No word as to which stores will close, but there are two Lexington locations: one in Woodhill Shopping Center on New Circle Road and Reynolds Road across from Fayette Mall.

In early 2020, Pier 1 Imports, Inc. filed for Chapter 11. In May, the company filed a motion to begin an orderly wind-down of retail operations as many retail stores were able to reopen following the government-mandated closures during COVID-19. Lexington has two Pier One locations, one in Hamburg, and one on Nicholasville Road.

The parent company of Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, L Brands, has announced plans to close stores across North America. Both stores in Hamburg did close due to COVID-19 with a sign on their doors saying “We Are Closed Temporarily.”


What can people expect during phase two of reopenings?



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