Post by Pizzaballa on May 31, 2020 15:15:24 GMT -5
Walmart in Utica and Rome are closing amidst the George Floyd protests.
The Rome Walmart on Rome Taberg Road is closing at 5pm Sunday, May 31st until further notice. "Unfortunately there is no information on when the store will be re-opening," an associate said when we called the store. "We are closing for the safety of our customers and associates with all the events going on around the country."
Calls to confirm the North Utica Walmart was closed went unanswered. Charles Ulinski drove through an empty parking lot.
It's ridiculous. There were protests today in Utica without a hint of violence & as far as I know nothing in Rome either. Personally, I don't care one way or another what WM does but the closing achieved nothing except inconvienance people.
With so many protests turning violent somebody got nervous.
No doubt about that CB. As you know, I don't like Walmart, but I think it was a prudent move to make until things calm down a bit. They had to weigh the difference between the losses they would suffer if the store was looted and burned, or the money they lose by closing down for a period of time. Insurance might cover the a lot of the costs incurred but would not cover the lost wages by employees if the store had to be closed for a long period while they repaired the damage from looters and rioters.