Too early to tell if Walmart closures signal ‘major economic damage’ coming from COVID surge

July 26, 2021

In response to growing COVID cases in some states, Walmart has begun temporarily shutting down stores for intensive cleaning.

A leading industry analyst advised, however, that it’s too early to tell if the closures hint at additional major economic stress relative to the mutating disease that has now infected millions.

Walmart stores in Jacksonville and Lynn Haven, Florida, closed Sunday afternoon for sanitization efforts and remained closed until 6 a.m. Tuesday. This follows a store closure in Claremore, Oklahoma, two days before and a shut-down last week in West Melbourne, Florida. The latest store closure occurred Tuesday afternoon in Palm Bay, Fla. about 50 miles southeast of Orlando along the Atlantic coast. That store will reopen this Thursday at 6 a.m.