LONE TREE, Colo. (AP) - A Lone Tree store called COVID-19 Essentials is part of what may be the country’s first retail chain dedicated solely to an infectious disease.
With many U.S. stores closing during the coronavirus pandemic, the owners of this chain have seized on an empty space in the Park Meadows Mall. They're banking on a growing acceptance that wearing masks is a reality that may last well into 2021, if not longer.
Masks have evolved from a utilitarian, anything-you-can-find-that-works product into another way to express one’s personality, political leanings, or sports fandom. COVID-19 Essentials also carries other accessories for the pandemic.