Primark has announced that all its stores in Northern Ireland will operate longer opening hours to meet customer demand after the current Covid-19 restrictions end next week.
As announced on Thursday, non-essential retail will be permitted to reopen on Friday, December 11 and Primark fans will have longer to shop in their stores in the run up to the festive period.
Primark in Newtownabbey will open at 9am on December 11 and stay open right through until closing time on December 12, operating a total of 33 hours continously.
All other stores across Northern Ireland will trade until at least 9pm on weekdays until December 23.
Primark CEO, Paul Marchant, said: “We are delighted to re-open our stores in Northern Ireland on December 11, with longer shopping hours to give our customers more time to safely do their festive shopping.
“We have everything this season that our customers expect from Primark, including our famous Christmas jumpers, festive pyjamas and much, much more. All of our extensive safety measures remain in place to help ensure shopping at Primark is an enjoyable, safe experience for everyone.”
During December, Primark’s NI stores will trade to a minimum of 9pm on weekdays.
The following stores will trade until 9pm: Belfast Castle Street, Belfast Donegall Place, Lisburn and Buttercrane
The following stores will trade until 10pm: Ballymena, Newtownards, Newtownabbey, Derry and Omagh
Overnight trading: Primark Newtownabbey will open at 9am on December 11 and stay open right through until closing time on December 12.
Primark says it has introduced a number of measures across its stores to ensure customers and staff are kept safe.
A spokesperson said: “We have implemented a strict social distancing protocol across all our stores.
“We are following local government guidelines and limiting the number of customers allowed in store at any one time to allow for the appropriate distance between customers and employees.
“Clear signage and floor decals, as well as dedicated employees and security staff, to guide customers through the store in a way that limits contact with others.
“We have redesigned the layout of our stores to allow for more space between people by reconfiguring our queuing system at our till points to allow for social distancing. Dedicated employees will be on hand when needed to manage the correct flow of the queue.
“In line with government guidance, all customers are required to wear face coverings in our stores, unless they are exempt due to medical reasons.
“On entering the store, customers are asked to use the hand sanitiser that is provided at the store entrance. Dedicated employees will be on hand to assist customers if needed.
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“We provide face masks to all of our employees and they are required to be worn while working. Perspex screens or cubicles have been installed on tills to help protect customers and employees.
“We are encouraging card payments and contactless payments when possible to minimise cash interactions.”