B&M reopens 49 branches that closed temporarily due to Covid-19

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B&M has reopened 49 branches that closed temporarily due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The announcement has been made in a trading update made by the discount retailer today.

B&M is to reopen 49 stores that had temporarily closed

The 49 shops, which B&M is yet to name, were initially closed as they are typically smaller outlets and ones located in shopping centres.

B&M said 42 of the 49 stores that closed are close to other larger B&M stores.

The discount retailer has 656 stores in the UK and the remainder of these have continued to trade as normal. Use B&M’s store locator tool to find your nearest.

Heron Foods, which is owned by B&M, was unaffected and all stores have continued to stay open for business.

B&M says open stores have a range of coronavirus measures in place to minimise the risks of infection.

These include screened checkouts, distanced queuing, and a “frequent cleaning regime”.

Simon Arora, chief executive, said: “We have encountered exceptionally strong demand in our UK business over recent weeks.

“Customers have been coming to our stores much less frequently through the lockdown but their average spend has been much higher than normal.

“I would like to thank them for their patience and consideration in observing social distancing inside and outside our stores during this period.”

More to follow…

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