What You Need To Know About Texas ‘Retail To Go’ Starting Today

Stores in Texas are reopening Friday under an executive order from Gov. Greg Abbott, allowing them to offer "retail to go."

What You Need To Know About Texas ‘Retail To Go’ Starting Today

PLANO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Stores in Texas are reopening Friday under an executive order from Gov. Greg Abbott, allowing them to offer “retail to go.”

They’ll be able to sell their goods using shipping, doorstep delivery and curbside pick-up.

According to guidelines published by the Texas Department of State Health Services, customers will not be allowed to go inside stores. Purchases and payments will occur over the phone and online as much as possible.

When picking up items curbside, customers should expect them to be brought directly to the back seat of their car or their trunk to minimize interaction with workers.

In historic downtown Plano, the doors to many small businesses are shut.

Meagan Wauters, the owner of Lyla’s Clothing, says it’s been difficult. “Lots of tears, lots of crying,” she said.

She’s quickly learning to pivot her business online, connecting with customers on social media and holding Facebook Live sessions to highlight merchandise.

“We have about 90 percent of our store that we got online within a matter of weeks,” she said. “It’s kind of teaching us a new way to run the business.”

While she’s done some curbside pick-up, she says the governor’s order gives her reassurance she’s not breaking any law.

“It’s definitely okay now,” she said.

The Texas Retailers Association said it’s unknown how many businesses will reopen under the new order.

NorthPark Center and Galleria Dallas have announced shoppers can pick up merchandise from select stores at designated areas outside the malls.

On Wauters’ block in downtown Plano, more than half a dozen shops are expected to benefit from “retail to go.”

To celebrate, they’re holding a kick-off event Friday with special offers for online shoppers.

At Sweet Home Bath and Body, Tina Ames was getting ready Thursday, adding labels to bottles of hand sanitizers she’ll include free with every order.

“Tomorrow will be the first time we’re letting people come up and do curbside,” she said. “I’m excited to see faces and say, ‘Hi!’ even if it’s from afar.”

Internet sales have kept her busy — though revenue is down.

“I’m grateful for anything we get at this point,” she said.

Now, as neighbors return to their storefronts, she looks forward to business breathing life back into empty streets.

“It’ll be great to see the other merchants… see them in their windows working from afar,” she said.

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TCU Receiver Jalen Reagor Goes To Eagles As 21st Pick In Draft

The Eagles selected TCU receiver Jalen Reagor with the 21st overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night.

TCU Receiver Jalen Reagor Goes To Eagles As 21st Pick In Draft

(CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Jalen Reagor’s speed, versatility and athleticism stood out for the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Eagles selected the TCU wide receiver with the 21st overall pick in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night, giving quarterback Carson Wentz a deep threat.

Reagor was the fourth of six receivers selected in the first round. LSU’s Justin Jefferson went to Minnesota right after Reagor. Eagles executive vice president and general manager Howie Roseman compared this crop of wideouts to going to a donut shop.

“There were a lot of different flavors,” Roseman said. “Everyone had their favorite type. There was a lot of debate and discussion at that position. Jalen fits something we were looking for. He’s an explosive guy as a receiver, as a returner. He’s explosive with the ball in his hands.”

Reagor has plenty of confidence.

“I can do anything. I can play any position,” he said. “When I’m on the field, it’s more than 11 players on the offense.”

The 5-foot-10, 206-pound Reagor averaged 14.2 yards on 43 receptions and had five touchdowns last season. He also returned two punts for scores.

“He can definitely stretch the field, he can elevate, he can catch balls above the rim, he has the flexibility to play outside and inside and has return ability,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said.

The Eagles had major issues at receiver last season when DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor combined to miss 24 games. Second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside stayed healthy but struggled to produce as a rookie, catching 10 passes. Greg Ward came off the practice squad and ended up the team’s most reliable wideout down the stretch as Philadelphia won the NFC East.

Agholor is no longer with the Eagles. Jackson is 33 and coming off surgery for a core muscle injury that limited him to one full game. Jeffery is 30 and is also coming off surgery, his for a Lisfranc fracture suffered in December.

The Eagles haven’t had a wide receiver with 1,000 yards receiving since Jeremy Maclin in 2014. They didn’t have one with 500 yards last season when Wentz led the team to four straight wins in December to clinch the division title.

Reagor is excited about playing with his new quarterback.

“It’s Carson Wentz. His name speaks for itself,” Reagor said. “Just the fact I get to be alongside those guys, it’s surreal. I watched Carson Wentz. This dude is amazing. Now he’s my quarterback.”

Reagor is the son of Montae Reagor, a defensive lineman who played nine seasons in the NFL, including seven games with the Eagles in 2007.

“It’s a family environment,” Jalen Reagor said. “They love their Eagles. I’m so blessed. What a great organization to come to.”

Philadelphia has seven remaining picks, including No. 53 in the second round, No. 103 in the third round and three choices in the fourth round.

Before Reagor was chosen, two Alabama receivers, Henry Ruggs and Jerry Jeudy, were taken with 12th and 15th picks, respectively. Oklahoma receiver CeeDee Lamb fell to the Dallas Cowboys with the 17th overall pick.

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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