March 31, 2020 By Michael Dorgan
A popular Indian-American supermarket chain has announced that it has temporarily closed all of its U.S. stores – including its Jackson Heights location – in order to help flatten the coronavirus curve.
Patel Brothers – which runs over 50 grocery stores specializing in food found in the Indian sub-continent and the Middle East – said it was shuttering all of its locations in order to help stop the spread of the disease in the areas where it operates.
The company has three stores in Queens including a location at 37-27 74th St. Jackson Heights. Patel Brothers has two other stores in the borough, one located at 42-92 Main St., Flushing, and the other at 251-08 Hillside Ave., Bellerose.
The stores will be closed for ten days, beginning March 30 and will re-open again on April 9, the company announced Friday.
“We believe that this is an important step to help flatten the curve, and especially important to protect our communities,” the company said in a series of tweets Friday.
“We wish to protect our staff and our customers, as well as the first responders and medical professionals who are working tirelessly to save us.”
“Each day that we isolate, social distance, or quarantine counts. Each day works toward stopping the spread and allowing our healthcare system to take care of individuals who have been exposed.”
After careful consideration, and with the safety of the community being paramount, we have decided to close all of our locations effective Monday, March 30th and hope to reopen within 10 days.https://t.co/RDr5gfSlJs
— Patel Brothers (@PBrosfan) March 27, 2020
The company has also addressed rumors circulating on social media that employees at their stores had tested positive for coronavirus.
“Our stores do not have any reported cases by employees,” the company’s website read.