Primark has announced it is closing 189 UK stores including the flagship Birmingham branch.
It is the latest blow to the UK high street as coronavirus ravages businesses across the country.
Primark’s biggest centre in the world, based in Birmingham is also closed.
Associated British Foods, which owns the chain, intends to close all 189 Primark UK stores for the foreseeable future from midnight tonight (March 22).
Primark Boss Paul Marchant said it faces “unprecedented, and frankly unimaginable times.”
Earlier this week it was reported how Primark was forced to shut its venues in France, Spain and Austria.
Governments in the three countries had forced all non-essential stores to close in a bid to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
But the outbreak has also seen sales falling elsewhere, as people follow the government guidelines to stay at home and limit social contact.
More than 40 shops have been shut, many of them major stores like Selfridges, Topshop, Disney and River Island.
Pret A Manger has chosen to close all 400 UK stores and high street giant John Lewis is also closing all 50 stores.
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