Hamleys closes its doors

All UK branches have temporarily shut amid the coronavirus, with online and airport operations still open for business

Written by Rhys Thomas

Posted 23.03.2020 | Retail

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Hamleys has shut up shop on Regent Street and at its various satellite locations across the UK amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Stores closed over the weekend and will remain shut for the foreseeable future as growing numbers of retailers voluntarily pull down the shutters and send staff home.

Hamleys will still operate some stores at airports and customers can still place and receive orders online.

In a statement posted on social media and emailed to customers, Hamleys said: “A child’s smile means the world to us but their safety means more.

“We will be temporarily pausing all store operations across the UK from 19 March, 19:00 but it doesn’t mean we will stop putting the smile back where it belongs. Our digital shop www.hamley.co.uk and social pages will offer regular treats.”

Reliance Industries, the Indian corporation which acquired the toy retailer last May, has also closed selected Hamleys stores in India “as per government directives”.

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