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For the some 30 million independent businesses across the United States, the stay-at-home orders that went into place in the middle of March brought challenges they had never seen. And in recent weeks, many restaurants and retailers found themselves facing another crisis: looting and damage to their storefronts.
The looting occurred in cities across the country amid largely peaceful protests in the wake of the police-involved killing of George Floyd. It was at its worst in the early days of June, and also affected major brands like Zara and Macy’s, both of which saw stores looted in New York, and Target, whose location in Minneapolis may have been specifically targeted.