The famous, mystical doors will close at 7pm tonight.
The truly iconic luxury department store will close for an unknown length of time, confirming the sad news to their customers tonight (March 20). It’s not all doom and gloom, however, as the store will be going back to its heritage, leaving only the Food Halls, pharmacy and online store open as the outbreak continues to worsen in London.
In a heartfelt statement, Managing Director Michael Ward said:
“The welfare of our community of colleagues, customers and partners has been our absolute priority throughout this time of uncertainty. With this in mind, we have made the very difficult decision to close our doors from 7pm, Friday 20th March.
“However, Harrods began its journey as a grocer, and we will continue as a grocer. We take pride in serving our local community during this difficult time by keeping our Food Halls and Pharmacy open to the public, and will continue to provide these essential services and products until we are forced to close.”
The news comes following the Prime Ministers announcement today where all pubs and restaurants were ordered to close. This will be one of the very few times the store has had to close its doors to the public, with the 170-year old business even remaining open during WWII.
On an average day, the glittering store attracts approximately 100,000 visitors, making it one of London’s key attractions.
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