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JD Sports confirms England and N Ireland store re-openings

Lauretta Roberts
10 June 2020

Sportswear giant JD Sports has confirmed all its stores across England will reopen from 15 June

The company said its entire 309-strong estate in England will reopen to customers across shopping centres, high streets and retail parks, after the Government gave the go-ahead for non-essential retail to restart.

JD Sports will also open its high street and open air stores in Northern Ireland from 12 June, but shopping centres there will remain closed.

The group is planning to reopen across Scotland and Wales when lockdown restrictions are eased.

In line with other fashion retailers, JD Sports said it would be allowing a limited number of shoppers in stores, providing hand sanitising stations, protective screens at tills, separating returned stock for 72 hours to reduce transmission, and closing changing rooms, in line with Government guidance.

It has also given staff social distancing training ahead of reopening, while each store will have a “host” near the entrance to manage access and answer customer questions on safety measures.

Peter Cowgill, executive chairman at JD Sports, said: “Following 12 weeks of lockdown, we recognise the continued importance of maintaining social distancing and a safe environment in which to work and shop, and therefore have taken all necessary steps and precautions to give our staff and customers the confidence that they can safely return to our stores.”

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