As the numbers of confirmed cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) grow in Michigan and nationwide, Kohl's and IKEA are two retailers who have made the decision to close their stores for the time being, while we get through the pandemic.

Both retailers emphasize that the store closings are temporary, with Kohl's hoping it will be only until April 1st. IKEA, the world's biggest furniture brand, gave no time frame. Ironically, the company that owns the most IKEA stores is reopening stores in China, except in Wuhan, where the coronavirus outbreak is believe to have begun.

“To demonstrate our support of the efforts underway to contain the spread of the coronavirus, we are closing all Kohl’s stores through at least April 1.  We will support store associates with two calendar weeks of pay,” said Michelle Gass, Kohl’s chief executive officer. “We will continue to serve customers on Kohls.com and our Kohl’s App, and we look forward to reopening our stores soon to serve families across the country.”

Kohl’s will continue to serve its millions of customers through Kohls.com and Kohl’s App and will ship their desired items directly to their homes. - Kohl's release

Kohl's has actual stores in Battle Creek in Harper Village, in Portage at Southland, and Kalamazoo on West Main. IKEA has locations in suburban Detroit (Canton Township) and Chicago in Schaumburg.