Primark announces reopening date for its branches

Anyone who has ever been to a Primark store knows that unless you go at off-peak hours, you’re bound to rub shoulders with a few hundred people, as you wrestle for super cheap fashion buys.

Prepare yourself – with hand sanitiser and a face mask – because the retail chain has just revealed the opening date for its 189 UK stores, and it’s bound to get busy.

Doors were shut back in March, when lockdown was first announced, and the effect has ‘resulted in a loss of sales of approximately £650m every month that all stores were closed’.

But things are looking up for the high street fashion chain.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently told the public that non-essential stores will open soon, if the R rate is kept in check.

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And it appears that Primark is on the good-to-go list, as the company shares it will reopen branches from Monday 15 June.

However, it won’t be a mad rush to grab the nearest bargain jeans or summer dresses – safety is the company’s ‘highest priority’, with measures in place so that social distancing rules are followed.

‘Social distancing protocols, hand sanitiser stations, perspex screens at tills and additional cleaning of high frequency touch points in the store are among the measures we are implementing,’ said British Foods, owners of Primark.

‘These measures are designed to safeguard the health and wellbeing of everyone in store and to instil confidence in the store environment.’

Apparently, feedback from customers and workers has been ‘positive’ so far, according to the company.

In other fashion news, you can now buy a mystery box of high street clothes with 50% off to help struggling factory workers.

Known as Lost Stock boxes, they contain clothes from cancelled orders where the clothes have already been produced and could end up in landfill, unless sold.

Each box supports a worker and their family for one week, and the Lost Stock team are aiming to help at least 100,000 families.

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