Lululemon closes nearly all stores in China due to coronavirus

Most of Lululemon Athletica Inc.’s nearly 40 stores in China have been closed since early February amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, the company said.

“We’re inspired by the resilience and commitment of our team in China as we navigate the emerging impacts of the coronavirus,” chief executive Calvin McDonald said in a statement Friday.

“The safety of our people is our highest priority, and we are adjusting store operations based upon the recommendations of local authorities.”

Most of the Vancouver-based company’s 38 stores in China have been closed since Feb. 3 in accordance with Chinese guidance. Some are now operating on a reduced schedule, while the company’s online business continues to operate.

Other Canadian retailers with stores in China have been under the same orders as authorities work to contain the COVID-19 outbreak.

Tim Hortons, which has roughly 30 stores in the country mostly in the Shanghai region, temporarily closed several of its restaurants, executives said earlier this month.

Amer Sports Canada Inc., which owns the Salomon, Arc’teryx and other brands, owns nearly 50 stores in China across its various brands, spokesperson Bethan Williams wrote in an email earlier this month.

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