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Slow-To-No Reopening For Many LA Businesses

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Many L.A. retailers were slow to reopen, even after getting official permission. Those that did reopen were not greeted with a rush of customers. (David Wagner/KPCC)
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Today was the first day in months that many retailers in L.A. County were allowed to reopen for in-store shopping. But the main commercial strip along Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena was still a retail ghost town.

Nearby, however, the small family-owned soccer store ProSoccer had its open sign lit up in the window.

“I feel safe opening," general manager Lara Tatikian said. "We've been anxiously waiting for this day.”

The store is taking all the required safety precautions: masks, social distancing, limiting the number of customers in the store.

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But limits were hardly necessary Wednesday morning: only two customers came in. Tatikian wasn't discouraged.

“It's not going to go back to normal anytime soon. And we want to follow all the rules and be cautious about everything. It's gonna be a slow transition, but we're just excited to be back.”

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