Primark has confirmed that 11 of its stores across the UK will remain open for 24 hours on Friday (18 December).
The shops will open from 8am on Friday 18 December and stay open until closing time the following day on Saturday 19 December.
Extensive safety measures
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The extended hours will be introduced to help reduce queues in stores and allow customers more time to shop safely, with Christmas being just over a week away.
It marks the second time this month that Primark stores have remained open for an extending period, with several locations opening for 24 hours on 2 December.
The retailer has put extensive health and safety measures in place across all of its locations, including strict social distancing, limits on the number of customers allowed in at one, and the use of face coverings.
Hand sanitiser stations have also been positioned at store entrances, while perspex screens and cubicles are in place at all till points.
To help manage demand at Christmas, Primark has brought in extra security staff to monitor queues outside stores and increased its night time staff by almost 70 per cent, ensuring wait times at tills are kept to a minimum.
Customers can keep informed via Twitter from 8pm on 18 December to 8am on 19 December as the retailer will be posting hourly queue waiting time updates for the 11 stores that will remain open overnight.
These live updates will inform shoppers of quieter periods, helping people to decide when best to visit the store.
Simon Gibbs, retail director for Primark UK and Northern Europe, said: “The safety of our employees and customers remains our highest priority. The ability to stay open through the night has meant more shoppers can shop safely with us over the festive season.
“We would like to thank customers for their continued cooperation on our social distancing policy and remind them to be considerate of our safety measures, and of others, both while queuing outside and in-store.”
Full list of stores
The following 11 UK stores will remain open for overnight shopping on 18 December:
- Trafford Centre
- York Monks Cross
- Leeds White Rose
- Birmingham Fort
- Gateshead MetroCentre
To find out the opening times of your local store, visit Primark.com.