By Rebecca Jefferis Williamson
(Photos by Rebecca Jefferis Williamson)
(Photo at left - Walmart at Lemon Grove's College Grove Center)
May 31, 2020 (San Diego’s East County) -- The “We are open” and “reopened” signs announcing businesses were open after COVID-19 closures were nowhere in sight for some establishments across the East County late this afternoon. Stores closed early, in part due to curfews, or closed for the day in preparation for potential destructive actions by rioters and looters following protests of George Floyd’s death by police officers in Minneapolis.
Walmart Stores at College Grove Center, Santee, and at Parkway Plaza were closed late this afternoon. The College Grove Center location was in the process of boarding up and setting up barricades to lessen the chance of protesters breaking in. Sam's Club was closed for an unspecified time.
The Santee Walmart had red mulch bags stacked up in rows covering the main entry way. According to staff on site they will reopen at 8 a.m. on June 1.
Some La Mesa store fronts near the La Mesa Police Department, where protests turned violent, were boarded up.
Window fronts with glass were replaced with plywood and barricades of various materials in front of entries were common sights on May 31 around east county.
(Photo at right: Santee Walmart)