Mango accelerates stores re-opening plan
Mango is accelerating its store re-opening plan, following the forced closures due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and now has more than 1,000 stores open to the public worldwide.
The Spanish chain reported that it had reopened 1,050 stores in a total of 72 countries, 50 of which have now reopened their entire stores network. These countries include Austria, Belgium, Switzerland, Israel, the Netherlands, Poland and South Africa.
In the last few days, the company has begun to reopen stores in Spain and France, where the stores had been closed since 14 and 15 March, respectively. These two markets, the most important for the brand in terms of turnover, have now reopened 234 stores and it expects to have the remaining 344 stores reopened by 2 June.
Mango described its re-opening plans for the coming week as "ambitious" and said it hopes to re-open an additional 700 stores by the end of May which, added to the 1,050 that are already open today, would represent approximately 80% of the company’s entire store network. UK stores, of which Mango has more than 150, may be permitted to open on 1 June.
The company said it had introduced a number of safety and hygiene measures in accordance with governments' regulations, including continuous cleaning of stores with disinfectant products, the supply of personal protective equipment for employees and customers, limiting customer numbers and social distancing between people, and the high-temperature steaming of garments for reasons of hygiene. Fitting rooms will only be opened upon request and will be cleaned after each use.
Mango has continued to trade online during the pandemic. At the close of 2019, online sales exceeded €564 million, representing 24% of total turnover.
Yesterday the UK Government released detailed plans for non-essential retailers on how to prepare for re-opening and measures to be take once stores are open.