Many California retailers can begin curbside service Friday. Why not shopping malls?

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Most retailers will be able to open for curbside service as early as Friday after weeks of coronavirus orders forced storefronts to close – some, perhaps, forever.

Venerable catalog-and-mall retailer J. Crew announced it will file for bankruptcy, the first major national retail victim of the measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus.

Meantime, a retail sector brought to heel by the coronavirus and the dramatic lockdown measures imposed to stop its spread is eager to move. For now, shopping malls will have to wait, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday at his daily news briefing. The question now? Can curbside service replace old-fashioned foot traffic?

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