In the last few weeks I have seen so many memes floating around social media about missing shopping at TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Homegoods stores, and I totally get it. Sure we've had online shopping available to us during the COVID-19 pandemic, but there's nothing quite like thumbing through racks and shelves to find sweet deals on things you probably don't need.

If you too are in desperate need of some physical retail therapy, please allow me to share with you the good news I just read on wgtv.com;

TJX Companies, the parent company of TJ Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods announced this week that it expects most of its stores to be reopened by the end of June.

Now the big question is, what will our "new" shopping experience look like in these stores? According to a recent press release from the CEO of TJX Companies, Ernie Herrman;

For our Associates, we are following newly established health protocols, including required use of face masks while working and implementing social distancing work practices. In our stores, we have installed protective shields at cash registers, added social distancing markers in our queue lines, implemented new processes for handling merchandise returns, and instituted new cleaning regimens, including enhanced cleaning of high-touch surfaces throughout the day.

It's good to know that these stores, as well as so many others reopening soon in Rockford, will be taking all precautions to keep us and their employees safe. Just keep in mind that although these new regulations may be a bit frustrating, no one is forcing you to go in and shop. If you can't be pleasant and understanding, please stay home and continue to do your shopping online.

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