Many businesses across the UK have chosen to extend their opening hours ahead of the second national lockdown which was announced by the UK government last weekend. The decision, which will see non-essential retail shops as well as businesses in the hospitality and beauty sectors close on the 5th November, has been met with widespread panic from shoppers; who are now scrambling to get their Christmas shopping done while they still can.
Well known companies such as John Lewis, Currys PC World and the Entertainer are among those who have decided to increase their opening hours for the last few days before they are forced to close. This comes amidst reports of customers queuing for hours outside shops, desperate to tick a few things off of their Christmas present lists.
A spokesperson for the Entertainer toy shop said that they are seeing customer volumes similar to those that they would usually expect to see in December, saying that it’s “just like Christmas”.
The decision to remain open for as long as possible also seems to have been taken by smaller businesses up and down the country. Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers have all been trying to reschedule a month’s worth of bookings into just four days and boost their incomes ahead of a tough month.
Kyle Monk, director of insights at the British retail Consortium said “The first national lockdown saw a ride in spending in the days prior,” and added, “we now expect many people to be picking up the items they desperately need before these shops are forced to close by government”.