McNally Jackson Shutters its Stores over COVID-19, Lays off Staff (Temporarily)
Another local purveyor is down for the count, thanks to COVID-19. All four McNally Jackson locations are now closed to foot traffic for business.
The popular bookstore recently made the decision to temporarily lay off employees, making them eligible for unemployment, while also maintaining (and possibly extending) health insurance for staff members. They announced the decision to temporarily shutter on Monday, and the company has since come under fire, with some arguing that the purported layoffs were an excuse to not pay out earned PTO.
A statement on the staff of McNally Jackson. pic.twitter.com/b1XVfYzYsg
— McNally Jackson (@mcnallyjackson) March 16, 2020
Bookworms looking to double down by picking up a good apocalyptic page-turner can’t browse McNally Jackson’s physical shelves currently, but they can still shop online and call to set up a time to pick up purchases (hours vary by location, make sure you hear from a bookseller first), or partake in their free economy shipping, across the city. The bookstore is also offering free shipping over $50 nationwide.
A support fund has also been set up to provide financial assistance for out-of-work staff.