Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. will reopen stores and expand store fulfillment services as part of its phased approach to reopening across the country.
By June 13, Bed Bath will reopen approximately 500 Bed Bath & Beyond stores, 50 Christmas Tree Shop stores, and 50 Cost Plus World Market stores across North America.
In addition to buybuy BABY and Harmon Face Values stores, which have remained open, this means around 50 percent of the company’s total fleet is expected to be open by June 13.
Bed Bath will expand contactless curbside pickup services to approximately 1,350 stores in total, adding a further 600 additional locations.
Approximately 11,000 employees will be brought back from furlough as well.
“We continue to respond to the COVID-19 situation with measured, purposeful steps to help keep our people safe and our customers served,” said Chief Executive Officer Mark Tritton in a statement. “We recently launched our Store Safety Plan and are guided by our medical team and national, state and local guidance to help ensure customers can shop with us confidently.
“Customers across North America are already taking advantage of the ease and convenience of Buy-Online-Pick-Up-at Store (BOPIS) and contactless curbside pickup, and we’re delighted to roll-out these services to over 1,000 store locations, as well as welcoming customers back into hundreds of our stores again as we start to re-open across the U.S. and Canada,” Tritton said.
Traffic to Bed Bath’s website and app is up approximately 30 percent and digital sales have doubled over the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tritton said he anticipates continued growth as BOPIS is expanded to more stores in the coming weeks.
“Our financial flexibility allows us to take this patient, market-by-market approach, while we invest in rebuilding our business and introducing new services for our loyal customers,” Tritton said. “I want to thank our dedicated teams for helping us resume operations safely and look forward to welcoming more of our team back into our business as we re-open more stores in the coming weeks.”