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Chelsea Trader Joe’s Also Closes Temporarily After Staffers Test Positive for COVID-19

It’s now the grocery chain’s third store to close in the city after staffers tested positive for the novel coronavirus

The exterior of a Trader Joe’s location in Chelsea with a red awning and wooden doors
Trader Joe’s has now temporarily closed its Chelsea location as well
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A third Trader Joe’s store in New York City has temporarily closed after multiple staff members at the store tested positive for COVID-19, according to an announcement on the grocery chain’s website. The Chelsea store, at 675 Sixth Avenue, between West 21st and 22nd Streets, now joins Trader Joe’s locations in Soho and Union Square that have temporarily closed for the same reason.

Patch.com first broke the news of Chelsea store’s closure. Details on the grocery chain’s website reveal that the last time an employee that tested positive for COVID-19 was in the Chelsea store on March 17. Employees at the store were reportedly told of the planned closure yesterday afternoon, Eater has learned. The store will reportedly reopen after a deep clean on Sunday, March 29.

In addition to the stores in NYC, Trader Joe’s has also temporarily closed two locations in New Jersey, one in Maryland, and one in Plainview, New York, all after staffers tested positive or were suspected of having symptoms of the novel coronavirus.

The Trader Joe’s wine store near Union Square will reportedly open on Friday morning, while the grocery store next door is expected to open on Sunday, according to information listed on Google. Eater has reached out to Trader Joe’s for clarification.

This latest closure once again underscores the risk both grocery store workers and shoppers face of contracting the virus. While Trader Joe’s will continue to pay employees who were scheduled to work during the temporary closure, there’s no word yet on if the grocery chain plans to provide workers with hazard pay, something workers have been calling for as part of an ongoing unionization effort.

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