Starbucks on Saratoga Boulevard and Weber Road in Corpus Christi, Texas has been open for takeout and drive through only to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

No question about it, coronavirus has affected the health and safety of people in every community.

The business world hurts too.

Several local and corporate businesses have closed, limited their opening hours, or just gone online.

Bella Luna, an Italian restaurant in downtown Corpus Christi, has seen business traffic drop by around 75 percent since Sunday.

39-year-old owner Salvatore Colicci plans to keep the store open unless instructed to close by local, state or federal governments.

In order to keep his business going, he has limited his meal times. It has also started offering takeout orders, as well as curb and delivery services.

“I want to make sure my employees are not hurt financially,” said Colicci. “I want you to keep working and not reduce your working hours.”

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How local businesses adapt:

  • Bella Luna is open Tuesday to Saturday from 5pm to 9pm. Sunday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. It also offers on-the-go orders, curbs, and delivery services.
  • Bar Under the Sun is closed.
  • The Corpus Christi exchange is closed.
  • The Angry Marlin Restaurant and Black Sheep Bistro offer takeout orders and roadside services.
  • House of Rock closes its bar and restaurant Monday through Thursday at 11pm and Friday and Saturday at midnight. The company will also offer roadside service.
  • The MH Boutique is closed for the time being. Appointments can still be made and deliveries will continue to be offered.
  • Peace of Mind-Massage Corpus Christi is only open for pick-up and drop-off services. You can shop or book future appointments on the website.
  • Padre Poke offers call-in and curb services. It also features a pop-up grocery store.
  • The passage from Stringers Coffee is open. The lobby is open for in-store pickups.
  • Catfish Charlie’s Corpus Christi dining room is open. It also offers curb service.
  • Macro’s Lunch Club offers on-the-go orders and a delivery service.
  • The BarBeQue barn by Hoegemeyer offers ordering services on the roadside as well as by telephone and online.

A customer stares at an empty meat counter at HEB on Saratoga Boulevard.  Stores have had a hard time keeping rice, chicken, toilet paper and other items on shelves as a COVID-19 outbreak looms.

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Company business:

  • Stage Stores limits its opening hours from Monday to Saturday to 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday until 6 p.m. Sunday until 6 p.m. from Wednesday, March 18.
  • HEB branches announced that all branches will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. from Sunday, March 15th until further notice.
  • Walmart stores announced that all stores will open at 6 a.m. and close at 11 p.m. by 6 a.m. on Sunday, March 15.
  • Starbucks is only open for takeout and drive through orders.

A billboard near the Crosstown Expressway on Friday March 13, 2020 will display information about the coronavirus and the hotline set up by the city of Corpus Christi and the local health district.

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Shops that are closed in La Palmera shopping center:

  • American Eagle Outfitter
  • Bath and body work
  • Foot locker
  • HM
  • Hollister
  • JCPenney
  • Kendra Scott
  • Lane Bryant
  • Lush
  • Macy’s
  • Ulta
  • Vans
  • Victoria’s secret

Kathryn Cargo follows store openings and developments and reports on the effects of the decisions made by the city government.For our subscription options and specials, please visit