Primark stores across the country – including the twin behemoths of Oxford Street – will return this month.
It’s been so long since we set foot in one that I’ll forgive you if you don’t remember Primark, but for those who do, you’ll be able to shop to your heart’s content there come June 15. In line with government advice around “non-essential shops”, the retail chain will reopen all their stores in England, including branches across the capital.
Primark stores across the nation have been closed since March 22, the day before the UK’s lockdown officially began. The decision to reopen on June 15 will affect only the stores in England – due to the slightly different lockdown rules in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland – with 153 stores set to reopen in a fortnight. With eleven stores in London, two huge ones on Oxford Street amongst them, Primark’s return will no doubt be welcome news to London shoppers.
The store has committed to implementing a range of measures designed to keep customers and employees safe. These will include perspex screens at tills, hand sanitiser stations, personal protective equipment (including masks and gloves) for employees, and an enhanced cleaning regime of the most-used touch points. However, Primark has confirmed that there will be “no special discounts” used to sell off their excess stock, which means bargain-hunters will be waiting a while longer for a sale.
In other retail news, IKEA has reopened today.
Also published on Medium.