LOGAN SQUARE — Big Bud Press has closed its Logan Square store, its first in Chicago, less than a week after opening due to coronavirus concerns.
The L.A.-based clothing label on Wednesday announced the store at Sawyer and Armitage avenues would be closed “until further notice” after an employee in the L.A. warehouse tested positive for the virus. Company leaders also cited the rise in coronavirus cases in Chicago for closing down.
“We had a worker test positive in our Los Angeles warehouse. Out of caution because of the rising cases in Chicago we decided to close until things are a little better,” company spokesman Philip Seastrom said in an email.
The announcement comes just five days after the store opening, which was delayed for months due to the pandemic.
Chicagoans have been eager to shop the label’s colorful, size-inclusive clothing for months. It’s the label’s third shop and first outside of L.A.
Asked if the decision to shut down the store so soon after opening was a difficult one, Seastrom said, “It was not a difficult decision — we have put the safety of our employees at the forefront of our decisions since the beginning of covid shutdowns.”
It’s unclear how long the shutdown will last. The label said on Instagram, “We will reopen when it feels right.”
And Seastrom said: “We look forward to reopening when the numbers make more sense.”
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