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Small retail shops in Grand Rapids prepare to re-open

Posted at 6:07 AM, May 22, 2020

EAST GRAND RAPIDS — Just in time for summer, businesses across our state are getting ready to open back, but with some different policies in place.

Thursday, the governor announced car dealerships and retail shops can open backup for business starting Tuesday but by appointment only and with no more than ten people inside one store at a time.

That is good news for the owners of this boutique clothing store , Duffield Lane, which actually began the process of moving from its old location here in gaslight village to a new storefront in Breton Village just before the stay at home order was put into effect.

The marketing and production manager tells us the business has been relying on online sales during the closure but says she knows customers are excited to be able to go into stores again.

So whether it`s Macy`s or Nordstrom Rack, you may have to call ahead or be ready to wait it`s but officials with the Michigan Retail Federation say this process will be easier for smaller businesses than the larger corporations.

“I think that we're really excited to get back open and as long as we can do that and still abide by all of the health standards and make sure that it's a safe place that people feel comfortable shopping in, it’s just kind of waiting to see what everything is in early June and kind of how that all will play out,” says Meghan Schorfhaar, Marketing and Production Manager at Duffield Lane.

Regardless of size, stores still have to provide PPE for their employees and social distance customers.

The order also resumes non essential Dental and Veterinary procedures next Friday, and the governor says groomers can start operating as well.