Target temporarily closes 175 stores nationwide due to protests over George Floyd’s death

George Floyd demonstrations: Target closes 175 stores nationwide

Target temporarily closed down 175 of its stores as a result of the protests nationwide over the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd.

As protests have sparked anger, looting and clashes between demonstrators and police, the retail giant announced the closures in a news release Saturday night.

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“We are heartbroken by the death of George Floyd and the pain it is causing communities across the country,” the Minneapolis-based company said. “Our focus will remain on our team members’ safety and helping our community heal."

Target announced that 71 of the stores closing will be in Minnesota, which has been the epicenter of protests. An additional 49 were closed in California, 12 were shuttered in New York, and the remainder were closed in various locations.

The store said employees impacted by store closures will be paid for up to 14 days of scheduled hours during the closures. That includes coronavirus premium pay, Target said in its statement.

Read the full list of closures here.

Looters carry off merchandise from a Target store in Oakland, California, on Saturday.
Looters carry off merchandise from a Target store in Oakland, California, on Saturday. (Josh Edelson/AFP via Getty Images)