H&M has announced shutting all of its shops in the UK from 21 March after shutting all 460 stores in Germany, 590 stores in the U.S. due to coronavirus
Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz AB will temporarily close all its physical outlets in the UK as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
The decision comes after the retailer said it would shut all 460 stores in Germany, 590 stores in the U.S. as well as shops in Canada, Portugal and Belgium. Germany is the company’s largest market, followed by the U.S. and the U.K.
So, it means the retailer has closed its stores in its three biggest markets. The chain says stores will be closed for an initial two-week period and then it will review the situation based on the latest government advice.
“We’ll decide what happens next based on the latest advice from the U.K. government and the World Health Organisation,” H&M said.
The high street chain says it is currently offering free standard delivery and free and flexible returns on all hm.com orders to homes or designated pick-up point. Also, it has extended its returns policy from 28 to 100 days for both in store and online purchases.
A notice on the store’s website said: “These last few weeks have been completely unprecedented.
“We have been working hard to make the right decisions under difficult circumstances, and we hope that we have so far got this right.
“As the situation has continued to develop faster than anyone could anticipate, we have constantly re-evaluated what this should mean for H&M.
“Given how the situation has developed over this past week, we have decided to temporarily close our stores in the UK.
“Our stores will be closed from 21st March.
“This will be for an initial period of two weeks, and then we’ll decide what happens next based on the latest advice from the UK government and the World Health Organisation.”