Apr 12, 2021

Primark shoppers queue as opening hours extended to 10pm

There were queues outside branches of Primark, JD Sports and TK Maxx on Monday as non-essential shops reopened in England and Wales after more than three months. Shoppers began queuing at 7am at Primark shops in London's Oxford Street and Birmingham as the fashion retailer reopened 161 stores across the country. Julian Metcalf, chief executive of sushi chain Itsu, said he was hopeful demand would pick up as shoppers returned to the High Street but said he felt "Hesitant, a bit nervous". "Dr Gordon Fletcher, retail expert from the University of Salford, said:"When the shoppers return to the High Street there will invariably be a surge of foot traffic as the built up tensions of lockdown need to vented. "The biggest risk for the old and new independent High Street retailers is that any surge will only be temporary as many shoppers quickly return to their increasingly refined ecommerce habits built up over the past 12 months."

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