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Primark to reopen stores across the UK – will your local store reopen?

Fashion giant Primark could start to open branches again across the country as coronavirus lockdown rules change. Some store managers have already returned to branches in preparation for stores reopening, it has been reported.

Like many retail stores, Primark closed its doors in March as the government urged non-essential stores to shut.

However, some branches could start to reopen in the UK, according to industry publication Drapers.

This is likely to affect all of the UK stores which could open doors when the retailer is given government permission.

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Over the last couple of weeks, store managers and assistant managers have reportedly returned to branches.

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This has been done so they can prepare for possibly reopening stores across the country.

A Primark spokesperson said: “Nothing matters more to us than the health and wellbeing of our employees and customers.

“That is why we will only reopen our stores in the UK once we are convinced that it is safe and right to do so.

“We are closely following all safety advice from the government and will treat this as the minimum standard across all our stores.”


The retailer explained the health of workers and customers will be the most important thing.

Following the advice of the government will also play a large part in exactly when branches may reopen.

However, as the government rules change, retail stores could be set to open in the near future.

When non-essential UK shops were ordered to close, fashion retailers on the high street stopped trading.

Only supermarkets, other food suppliers and medical suppliers were allowed to stay open.

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However, Boris Johnson has revealed a three phase conditional plan that could see various changes to lockdown in the coming weeks.

In phase two of the plan, the Prime Minister explained reopening non-essential shops could begin as early as June.

This would mean some stores would reopen in just a matter of weeks.


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