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Kingfisher reopens half of its DIY stores in 8 countries

08.06.2020 − 

Over the last few weeks, Kingfisher has restored almost half of its 1,370 DIY stores in eight countries to normal operation. According to a trading update published on 12 May 2020, 631 facilities were open for customer traffic at that time. As such, there are no longer any general restrictions in France (99 Castorama stores, 121 Brico Dépôt stores), Portugal (3), Poland (81), and Romania (35).

In the UK, Kingfisher opened 14 of its B&Q stores on 17 April for trial purposes. Following the success of this test, 274 other B&Q stores are now in operation. Now only one of the total 289 British B&Q stores remains closed. The total of 683 Screwfix stores in the UK, however, remain restricted to online sales with Click & Collect services. The 13 DIX stores in Ireland (eight B&Q facilities, five Screwfix stores) have been closed to the public since the lockdown decreed by the Irish government. The Irish government had announced a relaxation of the regulations on 1 May. Since then, Kingfisher has been examining the possibilities of a reopening, but no measures have been implemented yet.

The 28 Brico Dépôt stores in Spain are still closed. In Russia, 14 of the meanwhile only 18 Castorama facilities are currently only operating with a Click & Collect service. Of the other four stores, one is open for business as usual and three are only partly open.

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