PRIMARK stores across the UK are being prepared to reopen following the coronavirus lockdown, according to a report.
Drapers reports how senior staff have returned to closed shops to get ready for an eventual reopening.
It comes after Prime Minister Boris Johnson said non-essential stores would not open until June at the earliest.
Managers and assistant managers have been spending a couple of days in Primark stores since last week, according to the fashion news magazine and website.
Staff are said to have been completing administrative tasks necessary for when stores are open to the public once again.
Primark has yet to officially update customers on when it will reopen stores – the fashion retailer will also only be allowed to do so once government guidelines allow.
In an update on how the UK will ease out of lockdown, Johnson last night said non-essential shops – which would include Primark – are not expected to reopen before June 1.
Most of Britain’s strict lockdown measures will stay in place for now as it’s still too soon to make any major changes, he said.
It’s likely that shops will follow strict safety measures to help keep coronavirus under control.
This could mean customers queuing outside to get in, so the number of people allowed inside at one time can be controlled – but again, there has been no word from Primark on what social distancing structures they have planned.
It’s also not clear if all stores would reopen, or if this would be a gradual process.
THE following retailers have been allowed to stay open during the coronavirus lockdown.
A spokesperson from Primark told The Sun the retailer has yet to set a date for reopening.
They added: “Nothing matters more to us than the health and wellbeing of our employees and customers.
“That is why we will only re-open our stores in the UK once we are convinced that it is safe and right to do so.”
Primark has been forced to furlough 68,000 workers in Europe following the temporarily closure of 376 stores across the continent, including 189 branches in the UK.
Last month, its parent company Associated British Foods (ABF) revealed Primark monthly sales have dropped from £650million to zero because the fashion retailer has no online store for customers to purchase clothes from.
ABF said it had taken a £284million hit from writing down the value of Primark stock it can no longer sell at present.
Despite the huge drop in sales, ABF boss George Weston said he won’t reopen Primark stores until it is safe to do so.
He also confirmed the company wouldn’t start selling online in a bid to shift stock.
Garden centres will reopen this week as long as they impose social distancing rules.
But in bad news for holidaymakers, Brits may have to take extra two weeks holiday from work if they travel abroad.
Meanwhile, workers have been urged to get back to their job if they can’t work from home
Boris Johnson urges nation to go back to work if they can’t work from home.Are you taking only “essential” journeys?? Is your trip to the supermarket today ‘vital’ for this countrie’s corona virus ‘war effort’.Continue to pull the curtains at night and remember…..