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Making Money Off Masks, COVID-Spawned Chain Store Aims to Become Obsolete

LONE TREE, Colo. — Darcy Velasquez, 42, and her mother, Roberta Truax, were walking recently in the Park Meadows mall about 15 miles south of downtown Denver, looking for Christmas gifts for Velasquez’s two children, when they spotted a store with a display of rhinestone-studded masks. It’s an immutable truth of fashion: Sparkles can go a long way with a 9-year-old. The store is called COVID-19 Essentials. And it may well be the country’s first retail chain dedicated solely to an infectious disease. With many U.S. stores closing during the coronavirus pandemic, especially inside malls, the owners of this chain have seized on the empty space, as well as the world’...

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