Shoppers flocked to T.J. Maxx over the weekend as retailers started to open up a bit after pandemic shutdowns.
In a sign of the times, a masked employee stood outside TJ Maxx on Sunday disinfecting the handles of carts as they were returned.
Inside the West Broadway store, sanitizing wipes were available at tables, and all employees wore masks. Some customers did too.
But while TJ Maxx opened its doors wide, other retailers are are only cracking theirs a bit, and some are still keeping theirs shut.
Skinny Skis, for example, decided to reopen by department, starting with footwear. Only two customers at a time can enter, and they must wear masks. If they try on shoes they have to wear gloves. And there will be three employees there so the shopping is a one-on-one experience.
“That way we can control the cleanliness of everything,” said Taylor Hall, one of the owners.
Susie Temple recently reopened her bookshops, Jackson Book Trader and Wilson Book Gallery, but only for curbside and home delivery.
“This is us inching toward some sort of new normal,” she said. "We're definitely more on the cautious side."
Allowing people to enter the stores won’t happen soon, she said. Possibly August.
In-store browsing seems "very far away to me," Temple said.