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19 March 2020 04:45

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Birmingham's iconic Selfridges store to close within hours after coronavirus outbreak

// Selfridges to close its UK stores from today as part of a response to the coronavirus pandemic // Harrods reduced opening hours & closed all its restaurants to protect its customers & 5000 staff // Selfridges will shut down from 7pm tonight, but its online store will remain open Selfridges is to temporarily close its UK stores from today as part of a response to the coronavirus pandemic, while rival Harrods has reduced its opening hours. Aside from its world-famous flagship on Oxford Street in London, the luxury department store also has branches in Birmingham and Manchester. While the stores will shut down from 7pm tonight, Selfridges said its website will remain open and continue to trade. READ MORE: Reports indicate that three employees reportedly tested positive for Covid-18, although this has not been confirmed by Selfridges. The retailer stated that the "health and wellbeing of our customers and team members is our utmost priority".

There is no advice on how long the store closures will last. "It is with a heavy heart that tonight we have made the decision to temporarily close our four physical stores in London, Birmingham and Manchester from 7pm tomorrow evening [Wednesday]," it said in a statement. Meanwhile rival luxury department store Harrods has reduced opening hours and closed all its restaurants to protect its customers and 5000 staff. "With this safety in mind, we have decided that for the first time, Harrods will reduce opening hours from our current hours of 10am–9pm to 11am–7pm until further notice," it stated. "Sunday hours will remain the same as usual." Jace Tyrrell, chief executive of industry group New West End Company which represents 600 retailers and businesses across London's West End, said: "As we collectively face down the challenge of Covid-19, tough decisions need to be taken to prioritise the safety of staff and customers.

"Over the coming days we expect to see more businesses take pragmatic decisions to reduce opening hours and temporarily close their doors to provide long-term protection for employees and balance sheets. Click here to sign up to Retail Gazette's free daily email newsletter The video will start in 8 Cancel Sign up to FREE email alerts from BirminghamLive - daily Subscribe Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Birmingham's iconic Selfridges stores is closing due to the coronavirus outbreak. The company announced it was shutting four flagship branches in the city centre, Manchester and Londo n from 7pm tonight (March 18). In a statement, Selfridges said: "To our friends and family, An important announcement, made with love from Selfridges. "The health, safety and wellbeing of our customers and team members is our utmost priority.

"We must do the right thing by the communities in which we live and work to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. "It is with a heavy heart that tonight we have made the decision to temporarily close our four physical stores in London, Birmingham and Manchester from 7pm tomorrow evening. The upscale department store is the centrepiece of the Bullring and houses designer and high street brands including, Alexander McQueen, The Kooples, Whistles, Topshop, Dior, Isabel Marant and Burberry. There is also a food floor offering restaurants and take-out including Yo! Sushi, Ittihaas, Ed's Diner, Pret A Manger and San Carlo Gran Cafe, as well as Fumo restaurant on the top floor.

Staff at the Apple store on New Street closed last week and will now only be open for pick-up deliveries. The news came a day after retailer Laura Ashley said it was calling in the administrators putting 2,700 jobs at risk. Firms from many industries including airlines, retailers, restaurants, theatres and pubs have said the virus has pushed them to the brink, with several warning of imminent collapse without government help. And McDonald's last night announced it was shutting all seating areas and reverting to drive-thru. A statament said: "From 5am on Wednesday March 18, all restaurants will close seating areas and temporarily move to being takeaway, drive thru and McDelvery only.

"With immediate effect, all our Drive Thrus and all McDelivery orders via Uber Eats and Just Eat, will be contact-free with no physical contact between customers, employees and couriers wherever possible. "In these unprecedented times, our restaurants will continue to remain open for as long as it is safe to do so. Thank you once again for your support in keeping one another safe." Department store Selfridges is to temporarily close its UK stores in London, Birmingham and Manchester today amid the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak. It stated that the "health and wellbeing of our customers and team members is our utmost priority". In a statement, the retailer said: "It is with a heavy heart that tonight we have made the decision to temporarily close our four physical stores in London, Birmingham and Manchester from 7pm tomorrow evening [Wednesday]. "We will continue to serve our global customers through Selfridges.com and across our social channels until we can open our doors again." Luxury department store Selfridges has closed its doors after three members of staff contracted coronavirus. The retailer, which yesterday said it was planning to cut hours, announced this morning that its four stores across London, Birmingham and Manchester will close this evening. Read more: Coronavirus: Prime Minister pledges legislative protection for Britain's renters This morning the department store said that three employees at its flagship Knightsbridge store had tested positive for coronavirus. "Those impacted are in self-isolation and recovering well at home," a spokesperson said. "All our teams are aware. The health and wellbeing of our customers and team members remains our utmost priority and we are rigorously following all guidance from Public Health England." Harrods also announced today that it is phasing the closure of its restaurants. From today seven restaurants including the Harrods tea room will be shut. Meanwhile Debenhams has reduced trading hours across its stores and stepped up health and safety measures. "Over the coming days we expect to see more businesses take pragmatic decisions to reduce opening hours and temporarily close their doors to provide long-term protection for employees and balance sheets," Jace Tyrell, chief executive of the New West End Company, said. "West End retail, entertainment and leisure has experienced many challenges and changes over its two century history, and I'm confident it has the strength to return renewed once restrictions are lifted." Department store group Selfridges is to shut its stores, including its Oxford Street flagship, at close of business this evening to play its part in minimising the spread of coronavirus. Selfridges' two branches in Manchester, one in Birmingham and the landmark London branch will close at 7pm today. When they will reopen is unknown, but the retailer will continue to trade online. Selfridges said: "The health, safety and wellbeing of our customers and team members is our utmost priority and we must do the right thing by the communities in which we live and work to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. "It is with a heavy heart that we have made the decision to temporarily close our four physical stores in London, Birmingham and Manchester from 7pm this evening."