I want to share a few updates and reminders with everyone as we wrap up the week.
- We are re-opening three additional Subway locations next week, after re-opening three earlier this week. Units 301 (Tawas Wal-Mart), 302 (West Branch Wal-Mart), and 327 (Rose City) will open on Wednesday, May 20 for take-out and delivery only. After these openings, we will have seven Subway locations that remain closed, and we will continue to monitor sales to determine an appropriate time to bring them back online.
- Regarding appreciation pay, I’m pleased to inform you it has been extended again – this time to June 2. While it would be great if we could offer it past this date, business conditions are not aligned to continue it indefinitely. We will continue to assess its viability moving forward, but please know that when the program does conclude, it will not mean we appreciate you less. I cannot thank you enough for all you’ve done for Forward and all you continue to do.
- I also wanted to inform you all that Camp Timbers announced it will not hold summer camp in 2020. While we were excited to partner with them to send the children of Forward employees to camp, the uncertainty they faced going into the season left them no other option. They are certainly not alone in their decision, as many other events and programs have cancelled already and more will continue to do so.
- As I mentioned last week, each future Coronavirus update will conclude with a reminder about safety. Remember, if you are feeling ill – particularly if you have a fever of 100.4 or higher, shortness of breath, or a cough – contact your manager BEFORE coming to work. We can all play a part to help flatten the curve and it starts with staying home if you are under the weather.
I remain optimistic about the coming weeks as our state’s Coronavirus numbers improve and restrictions are lifted. Yesterday in an interview, Governor Whitmer said it is likely retail can re-open May 28 and that small gatherings will be allowed. While nothing has been officially announced, these are all great signs of better days ahead.
Stay safe and stay healthy.
President, Forward Corp.