Children’s Place to begin reopening stores — but not in Jersey yet

The Children’s Place is opening some stores this week in states that have eased COVID-19 social distancing guidelines, the apparel retailer announced Monday.

The Secaucus-based chain said in a business update that it will reopen its locations in 10 states, starting Tuesday: Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Utah.

It said it would continue to reopen stores on a phased timeline as local and state guidelines permit. More than 40% of its stores are located in areas where retail has not yet been reopened, it noted.

That includes New Jersey.

Reopening stores would have reduced hours and engage in a variety of social distancing and health measures.

The chain estimated its net sales were down 38%, to $254 million, for the fiscal first quarter ending May 2.

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