As protests, riots and looting over the death of George Floyd in police custody grip the nation, Target has temporarily closed 175 stores in 13 states across the United States.
In a statement on its site, Target says it will close 71 stores in Minnesota, 49 in California, 12 in New York and a scattering of others across the country for the time being.
Most of the stores appear to be in or near cities hit by violent protests and looting, such as Atlanta, Georgia, and California’s Bay Area. Target stores in some cities have already been damaged or looted.
National protests erupted last week after video emerged of a Minneapolis police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck as he begged for air Monday during his arrest on suspicion of fraud.
Floyd, a black man, later died. Officer Derek Chauvin, who is white, has been arrested in his death. He and three other Minneapolis police officers also have been fired.
Some of the protests, which have spread from Minneapolis across the nation, have resulted in clashes with police, fires and looting.
More than 24 U.S. cities have enacted curfews, and the National Guard has been called out in 12 states and Washington, D.C., the Washington Post reports.
“We are heartbroken by the death of George Floyd and the pain it is causing communities across the country,” Target said in its statement. It expects most closures to be temporary, though damaged stores will remain shut until further notice.
Employees at closed stores will be paid for scheduled shifts for the next 14 days, including coronavirus bonuses, and will be able to work at nearby stores, Target says.
Target has 1,871 stores in the United States, bringing in $75.4 billion in total revenue in 2018, according to its site. Founded in 1962, Target is based in Minneapolis.