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Local stores begin plans to open for "curbside-retail"

Posted at 6:48 PM, Apr 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 00:41:53-04

Phase one of Governor Greg Abbott's plan to reopen Texas is underway. State parks are open for limited hours and starting Tuesday, elective surgeries are off the "suspend" list.

Retailers and small businesses are gearing up for this Friday when the governor says they can begin offering "to-go shopping" or "curbside-retail”. Texas businesses must continue to practice strict social distancing guidelines.

Mira’s Sports & More has been a Corpus Christi providing school sports uniforms, sports gear, and custom items for athletes. They've been closed since the stay-at-home order was executed, but owner Sandie Morales says she’s ready to do business again.

“Face-timing our customers, emailing them, doing advertising,” said Morales.

Mira’s Sports has been around since 1976, Morales says they’ve had a website for years, but up until now they didn’t offer online shopping. Something the coronavirus pandemic is changing and is fast tracking her plans to offer online purchasing and curbside pickup.

“We’re starting an online store, which is on Shopify but we have thousands of items so it’s taking a little while,” said Morales.

In the meantime, she says some of the inventory her staff has already put on the website is helping keep the store afloat.

“These are just a cloth face mask, it’s helped us bring in some income because our income pretty much went to zero,” said Morales.

While “curbside-retail” may work for now, Morales says she’s looking forward to offering in-store shopping to her customers once it is safe again.

“When you come in it’s not a self-service even if you need a sock we’ll direct you to the sock,” said Morales.

Governor Greg Abbott’s office plans to announce additional re-openings on Monday April 27, 2020.

To visit Mira’s Sports & More go to: https://shop.mirassports.com