‘We’ll get to you’: French gourmet grocery stores in Washington are on lockdown
Fears of a possible terrorist attack are growing in the United States and across Europe as food and beverage vendors are closing shop and their customers increasingly worry about what might happen.
In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Theresa May has ordered a nationwide lockdown.
A number of French géoteries are now under lockdown.
The latest is the famed “gourmet grocery chain” Sam’s Gourmet Foods, which operates in several states and Canada.
Sam’s Goya, one of the world’s leading gourmet and food-themed grocery chains, said it would close its doors from Thursday to Sunday, including all of its stores in the U.K., the U, France and Germany.
A spokeswoman for the chain said the closure was a result of an internal security review and the company was unable to provide details.
The company said it was still reviewing the “threat level” to the U;s security network, and would be updating customers and employees in coming days.
In Canada, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his government was working closely with security agencies and government officials to “prevent an attack in Canada or anywhere else in the world.”
At the same time, the government is “working to ensure that people have access to the safe and secure supply chain for food and food products,” spokeswoman Elizabeth May said in a statement.
“While we don’t know exactly what happened in Paris, we do know that many of our food-related products are safe and are sold in many stores across Canada.
We are working with our Canadian counterparts to ensure we are taking all necessary steps to protect Canadians.”
The threat level in the country has not been released.
On Saturday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said it had received information suggesting that a planned attack on a food store in the Paris suburb of Clichy was likely, but that it did not have “specific information” on how or when such an attack would take place.
Greeting customers at Sam’s outlets on Saturday, a customer at a restaurant called the chain “a giant mistake.”
“We’ve been told they’re going to shut down for Christmas, but they won’t be closed until the end of January,” the woman said.
“They’ll still be open.
They will still be serving us food, but the staff is not there.”
Many of the Sam’s employees are foreign-born, with the majority of those employed in the French territory of Brittany.
They are mostly women and have been working at Sam for decades.
Some of them are the parents of children born in France.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.