WHEELING, W.VA. (WTRF) — The Highlands is back open for business, well, at least somewhat. Following Governor Jim Justice’s reopening plan, on Week 4, starting Thursday, May 21st, retail could open, with restaurants starting indoor dining at 50 percent capacity. But is everything open just yet?
7NEWS reporter Stephanie Grindley was at the Highlands, working to find out opening times.
Of restaurants to open more than just curbside, Cheddar’s Kitchen opened inside dining today at 11 a.m., and families are already heading in the door. Cheddar’s staff say they are not taking reservations but inside dining is open 11 to 9.
And right down the road, while not open Thursday, come Friday at 11, Primanti Bros inside dining will be at half capacity, in addition to their already outside seating.
It will ease it up. People are really understanding. They do know we can only accommodate so many people at a time. I think they’re just happy to be out of the house, and we’re really excited to welcome everybody back.Fawna Kidder, Assistant General Manager for Primanti Bros
Jumping to retail: Not open Thursday, but come Friday, May 22nd, a Kohl’s employee says they will be opening their doors at 11 a.m. and working until 7 p.m.
Of the bigger retail names; Lane Bryant, Old Navy, Bath and Body Works, and Bed Bath and Beyond all had some lights on but the doors were locked, with signs saying temporarily closed.
Many people were inquiring of T.J. Maxx. While lights were on, the doors were still locked with a hopeful sign saying “Reopening Soon”.
And another big inquiry is J.C. Penny. With the recent announcement of the department store chain filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, many are wondering if this store at The Highlands will even reopen. But, while there’s no movement as of Thursday, on the door it says just ‘temporarily closed.’
Of the few retail shops open, Hobby Lobby opened Monday and employees say their hours are now expanding to 9-7 due to the demand.
And with Hobby Lobby bustling, next-door at Best Buy the gadget shop is still only doing in-store consolations by appointment; open 10-6. But store workers say deliveries are still happening.
The Shoe Dept. has already been open for two weeks, considered an essential business.
Of the smaller run shops that have been running, Once Upon a Child had many people in and out shopping for all those infant needs, and the store is back to normal hours.
Nini’s Treasures is open 10 to 6 Monday through Thursday, and open on the weekends starting at 10. With Sunday open from 11 – 5. They’re offering masks at the door.
And if you’re looking to get engaged during quarantine, Howard’s Diamond Center is open Monday through Saturday 10 to 5:45. And Sunday; 11 to 5. But they will not be cleaning rings.
Some shops that remain closed are Justice staff say they don’t even have a reopening date yet.
Now, in one days work, I didn’t get to meet with every shop up here. However of the big names, it looks like they’re taking reopening easy. So, we may start to see more movement real soon.