Nordstrom Inc. JWN, -1.62% said late Wednesday that it was planning to extend its store closures for at least a week through April 5 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nordstrom stock gained 0.3% after hours. The company said the closure would affect all U.S. and Canada stores and the various brands operated by the company. The company said it would offer store employees pay through April 5 but at that point it plans to furlough a portion of corporate employees for six weeks. The impacted employees would continue to receive enrolled benefits, the company said. “This is the most difficult decision we have made in our company’s long history. Through our 119 years, our company has faced many challenges, but these are unprecedented times,” said Chief Executive Erik Nordstrom. The company said the executive leadership group will forgo a potion of their salary and the CEO and chief brand officer, Erik and Peter Nordstrom, respectively, will decline a salary from April through September. The company’s board is also forgoing its cash compensation for six months.