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London City retailers prepare for protests

Fashion retailers in the city of London are on standby to close their doors if protests around the G20 summit this week turn violent.

House of Fraser told Drapers that its City store would open and trade as normal today but that staff safety was of paramount important and that it was ready to close the shop if it became necessary.

Ted Baker, which has a store in Chepside, said it was being vigilant. A spokesman said: “There is the potential for something but we’ve got senior people at the stores who are keeping an eye open. We’re trying to keep it business as usual as much as we can.”

Meanwhile, retailers in the Royal Exchange shopping arcade in EC3, are also thought to be considering closing their doors or even staying shut all together.

The Royal Exchange houses the likes of Gucci, Church’s, Hermes, Paul Smith and Agent Provocateur.

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