Restaurants, retail stores begin to reopen

Ulta employees Kelsey Coppock, Rachelle Roberts and Ashlee Yount (l to r) have delivered purchases curbside for pickup at the store since April 23.

By Michelle Price
UCBJ Managing Editor

COOKEVILLE – The local economy got a jump start this week with several retail stores and restaurants reopening to walk-in business. 

However, customers excited about visiting their favorite store or restaurant may have to wait just a little while longer as many have chosen to delay their reopening.  

Although restaurants were allowed to open with no more than 50% seating capacity restrictions on Monday, many chose to keep their dining rooms closed and to continue with carryout and delivery only.

World Foods, Chili’s, Rib City, Spankies, and many others will continue to do carry out and/or delivery only. Even local favorite Chik-fil-A is still limited to take-away service only.

Buffalo Wild Wings continues to offer carry out service to its customers, but is unsure when the dining room will reopen.

Open restaurants include, but are not limited to, Seven Senses, Char, O’Charley’s, Olive Garden, Cincos Amigos, Fiesta Cancun and Casa Grande. 

Others, such as Buffalo Wild Wings, do not yet know when their corporate offices will allow them to reopen their dining rooms. 

Several restaurants plan to open later in the week, such as Outback and Bravo’s Café and Grill opening Wednesday, Crawdaddy’s opening Thursday, and 37 Cedar opening Friday.

Retail stores are following a similar trend. 

Many corporate stores are offering online sales and curbside pickup of purchases. Ulta, a women’s cosmetics retailer in Eagle Pointe, has been offering curbside pickup since April 23. Kohls and Belk are also providing curbside product pickup.

Many major retailers are remaining closed indefinitely, with stores such as Old Navy and Torrid just posting signs that say temporarily closed until further notice.

Locally owned shops vary, with some stores like Cigi’s Boutique opening Wednesday, while Broadway Boutique Mall plans to open on Friday, May 1. 

Michelle Price is the managing editor of the Upper Cumberland Business Journal and can be reached via email. Send an email.

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