Retailer moves to temporarily close Oakham store because of coronavirus
A high street retailer has announced plans to temporarily close all of its stores, including a branch in Oakham, because of the coronavirus crisis.
Last week, bosses of QD said they were continuing to trade, having been allowed to do so when the current lockdown restrictions came into force.
But the firm now says it has decided to shut its doors, effective from the close of business this evening, in the interests of staff and customer safety, although they will continue to trade online.
In a statement, the group's chief executive, Nick Rubins, said: “We would like to thank our amazing staff who have done an incredible job in providing our communities with the products they needed, when they needed them most.
“We have supplied hundreds of thousands of toilet rolls, food galore from pasta to strawberry jam, pet food for our four-legged friends and countless bottles of cleaning products!
“However, it has come to a point where the wellbeing of our colleagues and customers is more important than anything else.
"As the Covid-19 infection rates multiply and the strain on the NHS increases, it is with a heavy heart that we have made the very difficult decision to temporarily close all of our stores, despite our classification as an essential retailer.
He continued: “We would like to say a big thank you to everyone at the QD Group, who have been outstanding during this exceptionally tough time and to each and every one of our customers for their continued support.
"We will be back serving our communities as soon as we safely can!
“Please take care of each other and stay healthy and, most importantly of all, if you can, Stay Home, Save Lives.”
The company says online shopping and delivery will be available during the closure period.