Shops in shopping centres and on the high street have been hard hit by the coronavirus outbreak. Demand has dropped significantly in brick and mortar stores due to social distancing during the viral pandemic. Express.co.uk has compiled a full list of retailers who have made the decision to shut their stores.
The retail sector has seen a massive drop in demand amid panic surrounding the coronavirus outbreak in the UK.
The government has offered a £330bn package of financial support to businesses and families affected by the virus.
Reportedly, the government is considering whether to close non-essential retail offerings.
BBC political editor Laura Kuennsberg tweeted: “Govt considering next steps like closing non-essential retail or whether to start treating people flouting the stay at home advice as acting against the law – all being discussed – huge decisions, nothing final”.
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Several mammoth retailers in the UK including John Lewis, which has remained open during the First and Second World Wars, as well as the 2008 financial crisis and the Great Depression, have voluntarily closed amid the crisis.
Retail intelligence experts Springboard revealed the true impact of coronavirus is beginning to show in consumer activity.
Footfall dropped by 21.7 percent from the previous week, making it an overall fall of 28 percent over the year.
Most major shopping centres are still open at the time of writing.
But if the shops inside the malls close, it is likely they could choose to close.
Most recently, Primark’s 189 UK stores have closed “until further notice”.
The retailer has already closed its doors elsewhere and said it aimed to protect the health of its employees and customers.
The fashion chain’s boss, Paul Marchant, said it faced “unprecedented, and frankly unimaginable times”.
All staff affected by the store closures will receive pay for their full contracted hours for 14 days.
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Several restaurants and fast food outlets have also begun to close their doors.
McDonald’s was among the companies taking the decision to close.
All McDonald’s restaurants in the UK and Ireland will close by 7pm on Monday.
The firm employs 135,000 workers across the UK and has said it was a “difficult” decision to make.
Subway, Nando’s and Costa Coffee are also choosing to temporarily close their outlets.
The retailers who have decided to close amid the coronavirus outbreak include:
- Card Factory
- John Lewis
- Arcadia Group (Topshop, Topman, Dorothy Perkins, Burton, Miss Selfridge, Wallis, Evans)
- New Look
- River Island
- H&M Group (Weekday, Arket, Monki, Cos, H&M Home, & Other Stories, H&M)
- Inditex (Zara, Bershka, Stradivarius, Pull & Bear, Massimo Dutti, Zara Home)
- TK Maxx
- Liberty London
- Harvey Nichols
- The Body Shop
- Michael Kors
- Oasis and Warehouse
- The British Heart Foundation
- Abercrombie & Fitch
- Calvin Klein
- Sweaty Betty.
Which shops will not shut?
Any retail outlet which sells essential items such as food will not shut amid the coronavirus crisis.
This includes major supermarkets and corner shops.
However, it is possible these retail outlets will begin implementing more rules to prevent the spread of coronavirus in their stores.
For instance, in Italy, customers are only permitted to visit a supermarket every 48 hours and in Spain, customers are told to enter supermarkets alone and store managers monitor how many people are in the shop.
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