Coronavirus: Major UK tackle retailers close stores until further notice
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Two of the UK’s major fishing tackle dealers have closed their doors in light of the government’s announcement regarding the shutting of all non-essential retail stores and restrictions on travel.
Angling Direct, which trades from 34 outlets, and JD Sports, owner of GO Outdoors, announced their decisions to the London Stock Exchange.
In its release, Angling Direct said: “The company confirms that each of its retail stores are closed until further notice. However, the company’s distribution centre will continue to function and its online offering remains operational.
“Angling Direct notes the measures of support that have been put in place by the government and expects to be a beneficiary of those that are applicable to the company. The wellbeing of the staff continues to be at the forefront of all decisions of the Board and, in a fast changing environment, the company will make further announcements when appropriate.”
JD Sports has closed all its stores in the UK, the United States and Europe until further notice. Executive Chairman Peter Cowgill said in a statement: “Along with everyone else, the group is experiencing major disruption to our business operations as we seek to protect our colleagues and customers from the effects of COVID-19. Their safety remains our number one priority and we continue to take all appropriate action in line with government advice in our various territories.
“JD continues to offer a market leading, multi-channel proposition in sports fashion retail and we are confident that we will emerge from the current challenges in a strong position to resume our previous positive momentum.”