Indigo is the largest bookselling chain in Canada and they closed all of their stores on March 17th and said at the time they would reopen on March 27th. This date, came and went and right now there is no timeline when they will open again, but it will likely be months. The company has disclosed to Good e-Reader that they have laid off 5,200 of their 7,000 employees.
Indigo spokeswoman Kate Gregory says the stores will now remain closed until further notice, so the company “made the difficult decision” to layoff the workers temporarily. She says Indigo expects “to re-embrace as many as possible when this period of store closure is over.”
Currently Indigo operates 88 superstores and 111 small-format stores in Canada. In the meantime they are offering free shipping for people placing book orders online and deliver them fairly quickly.
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