Downtown stores, businesses await their customers’ return

NEW YORK (AP) — In many downtown areas where companies closed their offices and commuting ground to a halt, sandwich shops, bakeries and other small businesses are waiting with guarded optimism for their customers to come back With cities reopening and more people being vaccinated, office workers are expected to return _ especially with big companies like Goldman Sachs and Bank of America giving staffers dates by which they have to be back in the office. But many businesses are expected to give employees the flexibility to work from home. And some companies have closed offices and gone fully remote.