Retail bosses are preparing for a surge in demand if the government allows major streets to reopen on December 3rd
Retail bosses are set for a surge in demand if the government allows major streets to reopen on December 3rd.
The crowds that have flocked to stores in Wales since they reopened Nov. 9 have nearly doubled sales in some locations compared to the same period last year, sources told The Mail on Sunday.
This adds to the prospect of chaos on England’s main streets – where shops deemed non-essential have been closed for twice as long as in Wales – and the battle over social distancing rules.
Chaos: Crowds of shoppers in Wales increase the prospect of chaos on England’s main streets if the lockdown is lifted
A large group retail director said: “Wales was easier because the lockdown only lasted two weeks. In England shops are closed for a month and we only have three weeks until Christmas. ‘
Another boss said, “Until then, we’re on the wrong side of Black Friday and there will be another batch of products to clarify that possibly no one wants – not without bigger discounts. It’s a bit of a catastrophe – as if this year wasn’t bad enough. ‘