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Coronavirus: Moss Bros temporarily ceases online trading

The menswear retailer anounced today that it will stop trading online as a safety precaution for its staff. It shut its stores on Friday 20 March.

In a statement issued today (26 March) the retailer said it has stopped the processing of warehouse orders, after it stayed open during the weekend following the closure of its 128 stores, but with ”full safety and hygiene measures in place”.

Its CEO Brian Brick stated that “the coronavirus epidemic is bigger than us as a business. As an employer we put our staff and their families safety first.”

The retailer has also stopped new hire and custom-made services.

Brick’s statement continued: “In times like these, we all need to pull together. From our stores to our head office to our teams in our warehouse and out on the road, we’re united in doing our bit to slow down the spread of  the virus.”

Brick told Drapers that ”“We sell a lot of things for events and we had seen a slow down in online sales, we made the decision to not risk our staff. Social distancing is quite difficult when people are touching things.

”I didn’t feel comfortable and people in the distribution centre didn’t feel comfortable going in, when people were working from home.

”These are unprecedented times, things are tough for all of us. A lot of other retailers are closing now and a lot will do, this is really serious, I think shortly we will all know people who have been affected by the coronavirus.”

The company added that it was optimistic that it would reopen again as soon as possible.

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