Coronavirus: Clarks to temporarily close all UK stores

Clarks Bury St Edmunds

Footwear specialist Clarks has announced a temporary closure of all of its UK and Ireland stores in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement today, Clarks said it would temporarily close all of its 441 stores in the UK and Ireland immediately in order to protect “the health and safety of our employees, customers and surrounding communities”.

General manager for the UK and Ireland Joe Ulloa said while stores were temporarily closed “store employees will continue to receive pay and benefits”.

He noted that some of Clarks’ franchise stores “may remain open” and said UK customers could continue to shop the retailer’s full range at its online store.

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