Aritizia has announced that effective tomorrow, it will be shutting down all of its retail locations "until further notice."
In an email sent out to customers through email and social media, the company says that due to concerns around COVID-19 they feel this is "the best decision for our people, our clients, our partners, and our community as a whole."
According to the letter, all of the company's profits for the time being (presumably from online sales) will be directed into what they're calling the Aritzia Community Relief Fund, to help their employees and their families.
The full statement is below.
We know you’re being overwhelmed with news about COVID-19, and we know it’s a lot right now. Here, at Aritzia, you, our loyal clients are at the heart of what we do and why we do it. We’re committed to being both responsive and responsible, navigating these times with everyone’s safety in mind.
We recognize that others are dealing with far more complex and impactful challenges than where we find ourselves. Our goal is to do our part for the global well-being.
HEALTH AND SAFETY
As of Monday, March 16, we’ll be closing our retail locations until further notice. Based on the information we have, we feel this is the best decision for our people, our clients, our partners, and our community as a whole.
In addition, we’ll be shifting all Support Office employees to flexible working arrangements. It goes without saying, we’ll take every measure to keep our environments and our people safe.
These are complicated times, things are changing quickly and we’re committed to keeping you informed.
ARITZIA COMMUNITY™ RELIEF FUND
Aritzia is committed to providing the financial continuity of both our internal team and the employees of our overseas partners impacted by COVID-19. ALL OF ARITZIA’S PROFITS while we get through this challenging time, will go to the Aritzia Community™ Relief Fund to support our people and their families.
OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU
Should you need some normalcy, aritzia.com will continue to be there for you. We’ve significantly increased precautionary measures to ensure the well-being of our Aritzia Concierge and Distribution Centres so that you, the women who love Aritzia, can continue to enjoy Everyday Luxury.
Everything we’re doing is with input from people throughout the Aritzia team. As we navigate this complex and changing landscape, we’re being challenged on a daily basis. We’re doing our best to balance what’s right for our people, our clients, our partners, and our communities.
Let’s continue to take care of each other.