Coronavirus: More stores announce they are closing their doors
More retailers have announced they have closed or will be closing their stores because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Costa Coffee is closing all its stores today and will no longer be serving take-outs. Last week it announced that it was closing it seating areas but would continue a takeaway service.
Other retailers to announce they are closing are Timpsons and TK MAXX. Starbucks has also closed its outlets.
A spokesman for Costa said: "As the need to support social distancing increases, we have taken the decision to temporarily close our stores from this evening, Monday, March 23.
"We will do our best to keep Costa stores open in hospitals where we will continue to provide free takeaway coffee for the next two weeks to the NHS workers who are at the forefront of this crisis.
"Wherever possible, we will also keep our Costa Express machines available to serve you a great cup of coffee."
Timpson stores, including the one on High Street, Grantham, will close by 5pm today.
Chief executive James Timpson said all in-store staff will be paid while shops are closed.
Mr Timpson said: “We are temporarily closing all our 2,150 shops by Monday, March 23, at 5pm, and going in to hibernation... We hope it won’t be for too long.
“All our wonderful colleagues will remain on full pay, and will look forward to seeing you when we re open. Thank you.”
Louise Greenlees, President of TJX Europe, owner of TK Maxx, said: "Our hearts are with people around the world who have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. We want to let you know that our stores across Europe are closed for now. We are sorry for any inconvenience but our priority is the wellbeing of our associates, their families, and of course you, our lovely customers."
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