“Ferme,” meaning “closed” reads a sign outside SOHO, a women’s retail store in downtown Mckinney, one of the shops that has remained closed.
McKinney, a small town on the fringes of the Dallas/Fort Worth "metroplex," is a quiet place in normal times, best known for its iconic town square. The pall of COVID-19 brought life there to a halt. Mayor George Fuller, whose own daughter tested positive for the SARS-Cov-2 virus, made headlines when he was sued by a business owner protesting his stay-at-home order. Many business owners worry they may never recover.
April 27, 2020. Flowers in a pot grow by the courthouse in McKinney Square, by a mostly empty Kentucky Street on a spring afternoon.