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March 18, 2020

Canada's Indigo Books Closing Until End of March


PW: "Indigo Books and Music, Canada's dominant bookstore chain, is closing all of its retail locations from the end of business today until March 27. This covers 88 superstores under the Chapters and Indigo brand names and 111 small format stores, operating as Coles, Indigospirit, and The Book Company. “As this situation continues to evolve, we believe that this temporary shut-down is an opportunity to do our part as members of team Canada to control the spread of COVID-19 and keep our employees, customers and broader community safe," wrote Heather Reisman, Indigo CEO, in a release. "Indigo is committed to supporting its employees during this challenging period including full pay to those with scheduled shifts," the statement continued. "At this time, no Indigo employee has tested positive for the virus and there have been no reported cases in Indigo offices, stores or distribution centres. Indigo will continue to be proactive implementing all advice and directives from the Public Health Agency of Canada including work from home for all those who can." Indigo.ca, the company's online bookstore, will remain open."

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