Thursday, June 04, 2020

Leading clothing retailer Penneys, who operate two stores in Mayo, a mega-store on Pearse Street, Ballina and an outlet in Castlebar, has confirmed it will not be reopening its 37 Irish stores next week, despite the expectation that the Government is set to accelerate the easing of restrictions to allow larger retailers to resume trading from Monday.

Penneys is reopening its stores in the UK on June 15 and had been working towards an Irish reopening on June 29, but the retailer does not expect to be ready in time to meet the earlier opening date next week.

In a statement, the company which operates under the name Primark in the international market, said; “We are still working through our plans for re-opening in Ireland and can confirm that we have not announced an official re-opening date for Penneys in Ireland.”

They added that they would treat any Government-sanctioned date for larger retailers to reopen as “the minimum standard” and it would not trade until it was safe for both staff and customers.

It is understood that managing socially-distanced customer queues outside stores upon reopening is a big concern for major retailers such as Penneys.

The Government has, as of yet, not given official confirmation that restrictions will be eased though an announcement is expected tomorrow.

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