Local retailers allowed to open at 50% capacity


TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– Corey’s Fine Footwear closed for several weeks after Governor Eric Holcomb’s executive order shut down all non-essential business.

Louis Corey, the owner of the 45-year-old shoe store said, he’s happy to be back open and serving his customers.

“We’ve had a lot of special orders prior to this COVID-19 situation. The orders came in but of course we were closed. Now that we’re open we’re calling all of customers and they’re starting to come in and several of them have told us on the phone that they needed to buy some shoes,” he said.

Patricia Trifone placed an order at the store before the pandemic began and she said she felt the store’s first day back open would be the safest option.

“I had ordered these shoes and they were ready and I knew it would be sparsely populated today on their first day back,” Trifone said.

Trifone said she’s happy that local businesses are slowly starting to reopen, but she explained she will also remain cautious.

“I think for a while I’m going to feel much more comfortable doing pick ups or fast stops in like this when there’s no one else in the store like this but myself,” she noted.

Corey said he understands that some shoppers may be hesitant to come inside the store, but he said they are taking the necessary safety precautions.

“If you want to wear a mask like I have here. Please do come in. We even have things to clean your hands if you want. But we will make sure that you are seated several feet at least the minimum of six feet away from each other so that we can take care of you properly,” Corey said.

The shoe store will operate on modified hours from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday for the next three weeks and then they’ll transition back to their normal hours of 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

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