Halfords plans for some stores to stay open during coronavirus crisis

Halfords hopes to keep some retail stores open during the coronavirus outbreak

Motor accessories specialist Halfords aims to keep some of its retail stores open to play its part in “keeping the UK moving”.

Halfords, a designated provider of essential services, has also stress-tested for a sales fall of 25% – about £300m – as a result of the coronavirus crisis and said it is confident it can operate within its existing debt facilities.

Halfords said that many key workers – including British Transport Police and Ministry of Defence staff – rely on it to keep their motor fleets running.

Halfords’ Autocentres and vans are still trading. Halfords said that its retail division is “working through a plan to provide partial store coverage from later this week”. The retailer said: “We are committed to playing our part, but only if we can ensure the health and safety of our colleagues and customers, and we are able to comply with government policy.”

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