Is this a business article? Yes. But politics, economics and history are going to rear their ugly heads. Let’s put things in the context of history none of us were around to experience, because you’re going to live this context for some years to come.
In some number of months things are going to begin to normalize- covid wise at least. The catch is that I have no idea what that normal will look like. I do know that we need all of you to run your businesses well to provide employment and stability and be part of your communities.
You have all known for years that we were over retailed. Too many stores and too many brands selling too many similar products. You also know that consolidation began in earnest around 2008. The pandemic “merely” accelerated it. With a vengeance.