MRA’s Hallan on Governor’s latest reopening order, weekend disturbances

Statement from Bill Hallan, President and CEO of Michigan Retailers Association, on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s further reopening of retail
“We are pleased that Gov. Whitmer is allowing retailers to open their doors to customers again. Retailers in northern Michigan proved it could be done safely and now the rest of Michigan’s retailers are being given that chance.

“Retailers were worried shoppers may be hesitant to venture out, but Memorial Day weekend in northern Michigan quickly revealed there is a pent-up demand. Many retailers all over the state said they’ve been busy with appointments and filling orders the past week, so we hope this broader opening allows more stability as stores recover from the shutdown.”

In addition, Hallan addressed the weekend disturbances:

“Retailers are resilient. They’ve proven it over the past many weeks as they recreated new business models to deal with COVID-19. They proved it this past weekend, when many had to sweep up glass from broken windows resulting from disturbances around the state. We’ll get through this time and focus on how we can best serve our customers.”