Frasers boss blames Cummings effect for store reopening delay

Frasers Group bosses are angry at a later than expected reopening date after the coronavirus lockdown

Frasers Group finance chief Chris Wootton has blamed the controversy engulfing Boris Johnson’s advisor Dominic Cummings for later than expected store reopenings which he said will “finish off” some retailers.

Wootton, right-hand man to Frasers and Sports Direct tycoon Mike Ashley, told ITV News that he was “extremely irritated” that ‘non-essential’ retailers must wait until June 15 before reopening, rather than June 1 as previously expected.

Wootton told the broadcaster: “We actually think that the whole Dominic Cummings fiasco over the weekend has made [the government] hesitant to act decisively, so they’ve clearly pushed [reopening] back to the 15th of June.“

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