Trader Joe’s shuts three stores due to employee coronavirus exposure

Workers tested positive for COVID-19 or are suspected of infection, company says


Russell Redman, Supermarket News

Mar 24, 2020


Trader Joe’s said it has temporarily closed three stores because an employee at each location either tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19) or is receiving treatment for a suspected case.


The closings, announced yesterday, include Trader Joe’s stores in Manhattan, N.Y (grocery store on 142 E. 14th St. and wine store on 138 E. 14th St.); Plainview, N.Y. (425 S. Oyster Bay Rd.); and Elkridge, Md. (6610 Marie Curie Dr.).


“Out of an abundance of caution, we have temporarily closed the stores for thorough cleaning and sanitization,” Trader Joe’s said in a statement.


The affected workers were last present in the stores on March 21 in Plainview, March 22 in Manhattan and March 23 in Elkridge, according to Trader Joe’s. The company said customers who visited the stores during the two-week periods ending on those days should contact their local or state health departments if they “have health-related concerns.”


“We are working closely with local health officials to take all necessary measures. We are connecting with all crew members at the respective locations, encouraging anyone who may have been in contact to follow CDC-recommended self-monitoring guidelines and to call their health care providers right away if they develop any symptoms,” Trader Joe’s stated.


The Monrovia, Calif.-based specialty grocer noted that all employees at the stores will be paid for their scheduled shifts while the locations remained closed...