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Express. Home of the Daily and Sunday Express. BOOTS has announced plans to temporarily close 60 of its stores during the coronavirus crisis. Affected branches are predominately in places such as airports, train stations, and city centres, which have been impacted by reduced footfall.PUBLISHED: 21:49, Wed, Apr 8, 2020 | UPDATED: 23:25, Wed, Apr 8,…

BOOTS has announced plans to temporarily close 60 of its stores during the coronavirus crisis. Affected branches are predominately in places such as airports, train stations, and city centres, which have been impacted by reduced footfall.

Boots UK has today announced that the retailer will temporarily close around 60 stores by Wednesday April 15, 2020. The measure comes amid the coronavirus crisis, with Boots stating that its priority is to support the NHS, ensure access to a pharmacy for every community, and look after “our amazing and selfless colleagues as they serve on the front line to support our patients and customers”.

Boots, which has more than 2,400 stores in the UK, has said that the closing stores are typically in city centre or shopping locations.

The health and beauty retailer and pharmacy chain said that these locations are usually within a few minutes’ walk to the next closest Boots pharmacy.

Customers are directed to visit the Boots.com website in order to locate their nearest stores.

It comes after Boots has seen the locations where people need to access the retailer and pharmacy change “fundamentally” during the coronavirus crisis.

Local community pharmacies are seeing more than double the number of people requiring prescriptions, Boots said, while airport stores and central London branches near offices have very few customers at the moment.

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Boots to close 60 stores in coronavirus crisis

Boots has announced it is to temporarily close 60 stores (Image: GETTY)

Boots said that they need to ensure they have “enough colleagues playing their vital role where it’s currently most needed”, with the temporary store closures also enabling the retailer to “send home those colleagues who are working in stores that are not busy”.

Amid seeing higher staff absences recently, Boots UK has asked its pharmacy, healthcare, and store management colleagues working in quieter stores to help out teams in nearby busy pharmacies.

Where this is either not needed or not possible, Boots said it will instead ask employees to “stay safe at home”.

The temporary closures will take place in two waves, with the first taking effect this week, and the remainder closing by Wednesday next week.

From Thursday evening this week, 25 London stores will temporarily close, followed by a further 35 UK wide stores due to close on the evening of Tuesday April 14.

All customers, and any prescription services, will be directed to the nearest alternative Boots, which in most cases is a short walk away.

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The retailer and chemist said that any customers who have existing deliveries or prescriptions to collect at any of the affected stores, will be contacted over the course of the next few days.

A spokesperson for Boots said: “All over the country, we are working tirelessly to support the NHS and to provide our customers with the advice, healthcare, medicine and products that they need.

“We are committed to being there for the people that need us and we will not leave a community without a pharmacy.

“We would like to thank our colleagues for their work and our customers for their support and generosity.”

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Boots will redeploy pharmacy staff to busier stores unaffected by closures in the coronavirus crisis (Image: GETTY)

Boots: Full list of store closures

London stores that will close from Friday April 10, 2020

  • London Stratford City
  • Covent Garden Long Acre
  • London WhiteCty SC Ariel
  • London 193 Oxford St
  • London Piccadilly
  • London 508-520 Oxford St
  • London 16 Tottenhm Ct Rd
  • London 100 Oxford Street
  • London Canary Whf Jubile
  • London Moorgate Hghst
  • London Cannon Street
  • London 302 Regent St
  • London Monument
  • London Fenchurch Street
  • London Farringdon Road
  • London Strand temp store
  • London Paternoster Sq
  • London New Bridge St
  • London Canary Whf Cbt Sq
  • London Houndsditch
  • London 211Tottenhm Ct Rd
  • London High Holborn
  • London Victoria Crdnl Pl
  • London One New Change SC
  • London Liverpool St Stn

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UK Boots stores that will close from Wednesday April 15, 2020

  • Manchester Trafford Ctr
  • Leeds Trinity
  • Gateshead Metro Centre
  • Edinburgh 101Princes St
  • Liverpool Clayton Sq Sc
  • Dartford Bluewater Park
  • Bristol Cribbs Causeway
  • London Charing Cross Stn
  • London Victoria Place
  • London Kings Cross Stn
  • Lond Kings Cross Station
  • Birm New Street Stn
  • Liverpool Lime St Stn
  • Newcastle Central Stn
  • Reading Station Ovr Brdg
  • Edinburgh Waverly St Stn
  • London Marylebone Stn
  • London Bridge Station
  • Newcastle Airport AS
  • Glasgow Airport AS
  • Birm Airport BS
  • Leeds Bradford AS
  • Aberdeen Airport Airs Dp
  • Heathrow T2 BS arrivals
  • Heathrow T3 AS
  • Heathrow T3 BS depart
  • Heathrow T4 BS arrivals
  • Heathrow T4 AS
  • Gatwick South AS lower
  • Newry Buttercrane Sc
  • Caerphilly Castle Court
  • Ballymena Fairhill Sc
  • Stockport Peel Sc
  • Newry The Quays Sc
  • Belfast Great Nrthn Mall

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