Businesses preparing for reopening soon

As Shelby County and its municipalities begin moving toward a gradual reopening of businesses, many are already in the process of making changes as they prepare to resume operations.

The county’s mayors outlined plans for a phased re-opening Monday, April 27, which will be tied to a number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

There is no set date for when nonessential businesses will begin opening their doors to the public.

But, to prepare, some suburban businesses are already planning for operational changes that are sure to be needed. Andy B’s Entertainment & Bowling Center in Bartlett and LivLimitless fitness, just across the city line in Memphis, are among them.

Andy B’s, at 6276 Stage Road in Bartlett, has been shut down for the past five-plus weeks and is hoping to re-open in the next few weeks.

The company furloughed more than 50 employees — all but two — when the shutdown went into effect.

“We need everybody when we get back, and I know our staff really wants to get back to work,” general manager Traci Pangonas said. “We’re going to be bombarded. The people who bowl in leagues are just champing at the bit. The minute we can be open, we’re going to be packed because everybody wants something to do.”

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