Nov 3, 2020

John Lewis and Currys PC World extend hours ahead of lockdown

His 173 shops are extending their hours until 7pm or 8pm from 5.30pm and expect brisk trading right up until Wednesday night. More than a quarter of John Lewis's 42 shops are extending their hours, including in Newcastle, Liverpool, London's Oxford Street and Peterborough. Currys PC World is keeping most of its shops in England open until 8pm until Wednesday, with some larger stores open as late as 10pm. "While we expect footfall to increase between now and Thursday, our extended opening hours will help ease the busy periods in store," chief operating officer Mark Allsop said. Since news of the second lockdown broke on Saturday, there have been queues outside shops in Birmingham, Norwich and Nottingham as people rush to make pre-lockdown purchases. Shopper numbers were up 9% in the week to Saturday, said data company Springboard, although they were still far below pre-pandemic levels.

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