Boots closes 60 stores temporarily to move pharmacists to busier sites

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Boots closes 60 stores temporarily to move pharmacists to busier sites
Boots said most of the stores affected would be in airports, train stations, city centres & retail parks where there are almost no customers at the moment.
// Boots to close 60 stores & move pharmacists to busier stores amid coronavirus pandemic
// It’s part of an effort to have more pharmacists where they’re most needed
// The first wave of temporary closures take effect from Good Friday

Boots is set to temporarily close 60 of its stores in an effort to redeploy pharmacists to where they’re most needed in busier branches during the coronavirus pandemic.

The health and beauty retailer said most of the stores affected would be in airports, train stations, city centres and retail parks where there are almost no customers at the moment.

“We need to make sure that we have enough colleagues playing their vital role where it’s currently most needed and that we can send home those colleagues who are working in stores that are not busy,” Boots said in a statement.


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“To achieve this, we are temporarily closing a small number of stores that are very quiet at this time.”

The first wave of stores affect Boots stores in London that will close on Good Friday.

The second wave store closures – spread across the country – will be closed by Wednesday, April 15.

Boots has more than 2400 stores across the country, and while some shop floor staff will also be deployed along with the pharmacists, other staff could be furloughed.

The news comes after the retailer closed its in-store beauty and fragrance counters as part of the government’s measures to shut down all non-essential services on high streets.

At the time, it encouraged affected staff to switch to working in its healthcare and pharmacy departments – both considered essential services that could remain open during the lockdown.

The majority of Boots’ opticians and hearing care stores have also temporarily closed, but a small number remain open for people with essential eye and hearing care needs.

Earlier this week the high street chain warned that shoppers could be banned from entering its stores to browse and purchase non-essential goods.

Boots said customers would have to say what they want before entering some branches, as part of plans to safeguard staff and adhere to government guidelines on social distancing.

If customers are there for an essential item such as medicine, a shop floor staff member will find the product so customers can go straight to the till to pay.

List of Boots’ London stores temporarily closing from Good Friday:

  • Stratford City
  • Covent Garden Long Acre
  • White Cty SC Ariel
  • 193 Oxford Street
  • Piccadilly
  • 508-520 Oxford Street
  • 16 Tottenhm Court Road
  • 100 Oxford Street
  • Canary Wharf Jubile
  • Moorgate High Street
  • Cannon Street
  • 302 Regent Street
  • Monument
  • Fenchurch Street
  • Farringdon Road
  • Strand temp store
  • Paternoster Square
  • New Bridge Street
  • Canary Wharf Cabot Square
  • Houndsditch
  • 211 Tottenham Court Road
  • High Holborn
  • Victoria Cardinal Place
  • One New Change SC
  • Liverpool Street Station

List of Boots’ other stores temporarily closing from Wednesday, April 15:

  • Manchester Trafford Centre
  • Leeds Trinity
  • Gateshead Metro Centre
  • Edinburgh 101 Princes Street
  • Liverpool Clayton Square SC
  • Dartford Bluewater Park
  • Bristol Cribbs Causeway
  • London Charing Cross Station
  • London Victoria Place
  • London Kings Cross Station
  • London Kings Cross Station
  • Birmingham New Street Station
  • Liverpool Lime St Station
  • Newcastle Central Station
  • Reading Station Over Bridge
  • Edinburgh Waverly Street Station
  • London Marylebone Station
  • London Bridge Station
  • Newcastle Airport AS
  • Glasgow Airport AS
  • Birmingham 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 Northern Mall

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