COVID-19

Local stores experiment with reopening

Some smaller retailers are opening up with limitations following the governor's guidelines.

Some small retailers in Kalamazoo are tentatively reopening after the governer gave them the go-ahead last week.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced May 21 that retailers and auto showrooms could reopen Tuesday by appointment only as long as they follow certain guidelines.

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Fanfare Sports and Entertainment, a comic book and collectibles shop on Westnedge Avenue, was one of the first to announce reopening. You can shop there as long as you wear a mask, and the store can only have ten customers at a time.

“It’ll be a slow process,” said owner Tom Fleming in an interview with WWMT. “But I feel like we’re headed in the right direction.”

Other local retailers are following suit, such as Lee’s Adventure Sports on Kilgore Road.

But some big box stores haven’t been so quick to jump on board. Kohl’s has opened some of its stores up north, but so far hasn’t made a decision on when to reopen its stores in Portage and Oshtemo.

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