Creeping Corporate Authoritarianism: As TX and Other States Lift COVID Restrictions, 14 Corporations (So Far) Are Still Planning To Exert Control Over Americans

By Susan Duclos – All News PipeLine

At ANP we rarely call for boycotts and we are not calling for them now. 

With that said, after reading the article below, should readers decide on their own they do not wish to do businesses with a number of corporate authoritarians, that is their call. We do realize that in some cases, folks might not have another option for certain services.

Our call to action here is to contact each of these businesses to make your opinion known. We will be providing all the contact details we can find for each, listed beneath the statements and info known about each corporations’ plans.

The businesses are: Target, Starbucks, Macy’s, Toyota, Hyatt, CVS, Walgreens, AMC, GM, Alamo Drafthouse, Kohl’s, Costco, H-E-B/Central Market, and Kroger.

TARGET: “Target will continue requiring guests to wear masks in all of its stores, the company’s spokesman said, adding that the big-box retailer also required all store team members to wear masks at work, and provided them with reusable and disposable masks,” Fox Business reported.

Address: 777 Nicollet Mall Minneapolis, MN 55402 

Phone: 1.800.440.0680


Target Online Contact Form

Target Contact Page

MACY’S: “Department store operator Macy’s said its policy of needing customers and workers to wear masks in stores was going to remain unchanged,” Fox Business reported.

Macy’s Corporate Services Address: 151 West 34th Street, New York, NY 10001

Macy’s Official Address: 7 West Seventh Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

 Phone: 1-513-579-7000


Macy’s Online Contact Form & Contact Page

H-E-B/Central Market: H-E-B and Central Market will continue requiring masks of employees while “urging” customers to wear them. – MSN

“Although there is no longer a statewide mask order, H-E-B believes it is important that masks be worn in public spaces until more Texans and our Partners have access to the COVID-19 vaccine. As an essential service provider during the pandemic, H-E-B is focused on the health and safety of our Partners and customers. H-E-B will still require all our Partners and vendors to wear masks while at work, and we urge all customers to please wear a mask when in our stores.”

While H-E-B and Central Market which is owned by H-E-B are not “mandating” consumers wear masks and are only “urging” them to, the control they are continuing to exert is forcing their employees to continue wearing the masks, along with other mandates, despite the fact that the TX Governor, and other state governors have lifted the state restrictions.

H-E-B Mailing Address: PO Box 839999 San Antonio, TX 78283 United States

Phone: 1-210-938-8357


H-E-B Online Contact Page

KROGER: Masks are required at Kroger grocery stores, according to Kroger Dallas Division corporate affairs manager April Martin. – MSN

“To ensure the continued safety of our customers and associates, The Kroger Family of Companies will continue to require everyone in our stores across the country to wear masks until all our frontline grocery associates can receive the COVID-19 vaccine,” Martin said.

Kroger will also be offering a $100 one-time payment to associates who receive the COVID-19 vaccine, according to Martin.

The Kroger Co. Headquarters Address:  1014 Vine St. Cincinnati, OH 45202

Corporate Phone Number: 1-513-762-4000

Corporate Fax Number: 1-513-762-1575

Corporate Email:

Kroger Online Contact Page

COSTCO: Oklahoma News4 and others report that Costco “are among the grocery and big-box stores that will continue to mandate masks inside stores.”

Costco Corporate Office Headquarters HQ Address: 999 Lake Drive, Issaquah, WA 98027 USA

Corporate Phone Number: 1-425-313-8100

Corporate Fax Number: 1-425-313-8103

Corporate Email:

How to provide feedback online:

KOHL’S: Bloomberg reports that Kohl’s said “they would maintain their mask guidelines in accordance with the CDC,” despite the states’ governors repealing their COVID restrictions.

Kohl’s Corporate Office Headquarters Address: N56 W17000 Ridgewood Drive, Menomonee Falls, WI 53051 USA

Corporate Phone Numbers: 1-262-703-7000855-564-5705

Fax Number: 1-262-703-6143

Customer Service Number: 1-866-887-8884

Complaint Department Kohl’s

Bottom right corner of this page has a chat function.

STARBUCKS: WSJ reports Starbucks is “among the major corporations saying they have no plans to drop mask requirements..”

Starbucks Headquarters Address: 2401 Utah Ave. S., S-CR1, Seattle, WA 98134  

Phone: 1-206-447-1575

Fax: 1-206-318-3432

Starbucks Online Contact Form

CVS/PHARMACY: “CVS, which began mandating masks at all stores nationwide in July as more scientific data emerged showing that face coverings help slow the virus’s spread, will continue to require them, a spokesman said,” WSJ reported. “He said CVS will continue to follow federal health guidelines.”

CVS Corporation Customer Relations Address: One CVS Drive, Woonsocket, RI 02895

Customer Service Phone: 1-800-SHOP-CVS (1-800-746-7287)

CVS Online Contact Form

CVS Feedback (Bottom right corner click the “feedback” button and another online form pops out.)

WALGREENS: Newsmax and others report that Walgreens “will continue to require face masks as other stores relax their policies.”

Walgreen Co. Consumer Relations Address: 200 Wilmot Rd., MS #2002, Deerfield, IL 60015

Headquarters Address: 200 Wilmot Rd Ste 2273, Deerfield, IL 60015-4620

Phone: 1-800-WALGREENS/1-800-925-4733

Walgreens Online Contact Form

AMC (Theaters): WSJ reported that “America’s largest theater chain, AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc., AMC has had all its Texas theaters open since last year. The company will continue to require consumers to wear masks.”

At the top of the AMC website they even link to a list of masks they describe as “acceptable.” Not only are they exerting control over mask wearing, but even demanding specific types of masks.

AMC Theatre Support Center Address: 11500 Ash Street, Leawood, KS 66211

Phone: 913- 213-2000

Guest Services: 877-262-4450

ALAMO’S DRAFTHOUSE: “Alamo Drafthouse’s mandatory mask policy remains in place, as well as our 6′ social distancing protocols, and all of the other safety measures we’ve had in place across the country since last year,” the company said Tuesday. (Source)

In related news, the New York Post reported that “Alamo Drafthouse revealed it is selling itself as the dine-in cinema chain filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday — and one of its new co-owners is a private-equity firm that has been engulfed in a child-abuse scandal.”

Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas Corporate Office & Headquarters Address:13809 North Highway 183 Austin TX 78750

Corporate Phone: (512) 219-7800

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HYATT HOTELS CORP.: WSJ reports that Hyatt “among the major corporations saying they have no plans to drop mask requirements.”

Hyatt Hotels Corporation Address: 150 North Riverside Plaza, 8th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60606

Hyatt Customer Service Phone: 1 (800) 233-1234

Multiple Email Address found at this link.

Toyota, and GM are also among the corporations that are requiring masks be worn, despite the fact that there is no more state mandate in Texas, Mississippi, and other states.

Toyota USA Corporate Office Headquarters Address: 19001 S. Western Ave., Torrance, CA 90501 USA

Corporate Phone Number: 1-310-468-4000

Fax Number: 1-310-468-7800

Customer Service Number: 1-800-331-4331

Toyota Online Contact Page

GM Headquarters Address: 300 Renaissance Center Detroit, MI 48243 United States

Corporate Phone Number: 1-313-556-5000

Customer Service Phone Number: 1-313-556-5000


These companies are deliberately going against Governors that are trying to reopen their states, and bring back their economies that have been devastated by the lockdowns.

It is time for America to get back to normal and that does not include allowing  the creeping corporate authoritarianism.

Call, write, if you live close go in person, fax and email if the information is provided.

Let them know, politely, what you think.

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