‘Pure madness’ – You react to one of Stoke-on-Trent’s biggest stores reopening amid coronavirus pandemic


Hundreds of people have reacted angrily after bargain warehouse JTF reopened this weekend – amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The store, in Fenton, reopened its doors yesterday morning just days after shutting due to the new coronavirus restrictions.

It is one of seven branches which will now be open across the country from 8am to 6pm every day.

Now new social distancing rules have been brought in following the Government’s coronavirus lockdown.

However StokeonTrentLive readers have reacted angrily to the news.

Lynda Barker said: “So the government have asked the public to make one essential visit to a supermarket, stay at home, protect the NHS, save lives, yet you open back up during a lockdown, offer 15% off to increase footfall to your store, increase the spread of the virus. Well done, I hope you are proud of yourselves.”

Glenys Malkin asks who gave JTF permission to open again. She said: “It will just encourage people to go out ‘browsing’.

“We went in a few weeks before all this happened, hardly any stock, we were told that it had been taken over and the new owners were restocking. Pure madness!”

And Shazy Bee said the decision to reopen was ‘ridiculous’. She said: “They sell food but in that case everywhere else should be shut off and just the food section open.

“What’s the point of us all staying home when these big shops are open and people are just going to spread the virus.”

The store has reopened with very strict rules, which includes:

  • A strict two-metre gap at reception areas and checkouts;
  • Contactless payments, where possible;
  • A ban on ‘large groups’ entering the store at the same time;
  • Asking customers to read their membership number rather than handing over their card;
  • Dedicated daily shopping times for key-workers and ‘vulnerable’ people between 8am and 9am and 5pm and 6pm.

StokeonTrentLive approached JTF for a statement regarding the store opening and is still awaiting a response.

But an email to members states: “Selected mega discount warehouses are reopening with limited opening hours and social distancing guidelines to keep staff and customers safe.

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“We have been working hard over the last week to ensure that our stores are safe and that the essentials you require are available.

“All our cafes and toilets will remain closed and we have introduced a cleaning station for all trolleys.

“To ensure that we can provide essentials to as many people as possible there may be a limit on certain essential lines.

“We are glad to be back and helping local communities with their much-needed essentials.”

The store is on Diamond Park Industrial Estate, off King Street.





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