Credit: Torbakhopper

Update 4/9: Trader Joe’s informed City Paper Thursday morning that they will be able to open Friday at noon. Previously they anticipated reopening on Saturday.

The Trader Joe’s on 14th Street NW closed on Wednesday after an employee tested positive for COVID-19. A shopper told City Paper that the store stopped letting customers in around 1:30 p.m. Employees then told bystanders that the company sent an email ordering the location closed.

According to the company’s website, the store, located at 1914 14th St. NW, will reopen on Saturday, April 11. Additional cleaning will be done in the meantime. 

Trader Joe’s says the employee who tested positive was last present in the store on April 5.

The popular grocer has closed additional stores in the states of Washington, Massachusetts, New York, and New Hampshire due to suspected or confirmed cases.

According to Trader Joe’s, employees will still be compensated for their scheduled shifts while the store is closed. 

“We have made sure all crew members at the respective locations have been informed and understand the steps to take to best safeguard the health of their communities,” the company said in a statement on its website.

Last week, an employee at the Giant in Columbia Heights tested positive for COVID-19, according to WAMU. The store remains open. 

“the big kahuna at trader joe’s, scott richard” by torbakhopper is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0 

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