Tapi Carpets accuses Carpetright of breaching lockdown rules

Tapi Carpets Carpetright United Carpets James Sturrock
Retailers in England selling furnishings, homewares, clothing and electrical goods were all told to close their doors for a month last Thursday
// Tapi Carpets criticises rivals for remaining open during the England lockdown
// The retailer has 140 stores and closed its English stores last Thursday for 4 weeks
// Carpetright and United Carpets have kept their stores open despite the restrictions

Tapi Carpets has launched a scathing attack on rivals Carpetright and United Carpets to close their stores in line with updated government guidance.

The carpet and floor tile seller, which has 140 stores across the country, closed its English stores last Thursday for four weeks following the latest lockdown restrictions.

Competitors Carpetright and United Carpets have kept their stores open despite the restrictions.


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Chief executive James Sturrock said his competitors were “knowingly breaking the rules” by remaining open.

“It is simply astonishing that some large carpet retailers are continuing to openly flout the rules, which now make it crystal clear that in England we are all classed as non-essential retailers and required to close our stores for the duration of the national lockdown,” he said.

“As soon as the latest government guidance was provided, Tapi like many other law abiding retailers chose to do the right thing and closed our standalone stores to help in the fight against the virus and protect our teams and customers.”

Sturrock added that he called on the government to provide clarification after deciding to close all stores in England in line with homeware sites being treated as “non-essential” retailers.

The Office for Public Safety and Standards said on Monday that carpet stores are to be treated as homeware and therefore not essential retail and “public guidance will be updated to reflect this”.

Carpetright has since said stores will remain open for appointments only, while United Carpets said it will continue to deliver customer orders based on existing government guidelines.

Retailers in England selling furnishings, homewares, clothing and electrical goods were all told to close their doors for a month last Thursday.

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11 COMMENTS

  1. Funny that, I was outside one Monday and they were still open, three staff not wearing masks, looking scruffy. They didn’t close when the lockdown was announced. Someone is telling porkies for some publicity.

  2. I think sofa shops an d carpet shops shouldn’t have to close. When was the last time you saw a crowded sofa or carpet shop. Whenever I’ve been in there’s hardly any customers hence easy to socially distance.

  3. Tapi actually stayed open from the start of lockdown until overnight on Monday 9th when they changed their website, so we’re closed from Tuesday.

  4. What about existing customers who have been promised their carpeting can be laid this month? If, like Carpetright, they use independent fitters then they can work using all the guidelines surely!

  5. Carpets are essential. I’ve just moved into a brand new build house with dusty floors I have a 6 month old and 3 other kids. If I wasn’t able to buy carpets my kids would be living in a dusty house and freezing bare floors in the winter. I think its unfair to say there not essential! Luckily I’ve ordered mine through an online company just before lockdown and there still coming out to fit them. I feel sorry for anyone who won’t be able carpet their house especially if they have a house with bare floors

  6. Tapi carpets only decided to close the day before they reported carpet right to trading standards which was Monday 9th late evening. I know this because I was in there store Monday afternoon and there staff were boasting about what they were going to do. They done this to make themselves look good. Very underhand. They to don’t care about nhs or the public. Disgusting they would use this pandemic as PR

  7. Maybe they should take a look at Lord Harris for his tax avoidance. As soon as the company is going to make a large profit he invents a project and uses the company money to pay for it only the project is not real. He forces finance directors to sign it off. Nasty nasty man.

  8. A good few projects over the years that never actually happened but the money was paid for them.

    Also saying this cost what they did not and the companies got what the cost was but who knows where the extra went.

    How about when he turned his old company board rooms into Conservative call centres and made his staff set them up and the company pay for them.

    Or the time he used his plane to flee out to Spain to see the Gunners and paid the fuel bill through his old company.

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