March 20, 2020 / 10:20 PM / 10 days ago

Arcadia Group shuts all stores due to coronavirus outbreak

March 20 (Reuters) - UK-based retailer Arcadia Group said on Friday it is closing all its stores amid the coronavirus outbreak.

“In line with many other retailers, the Group has made the difficult decision to close until further notice all of our stores from 4 p.m. this afternoon,” the group owned by billionaire Philip Green said in an emailed statement.

The company said all its store staff would remain employees during this time and will be paid normally for March, along with any outstanding overtime payments.

Arcadia owns popular brands Topshop, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge and Wallis.

The United Kingdom so far has 3,983 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and 177 people have died. (Reporting by James Davey in London and Sabahatjahan Contractor in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel)

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