Krispy Kreme has announced the temporary closure of all its UK and Ireland stores amid the recent Covid-19 virus outbreak.
In a recent statement, CEO Richard Cheshire said the company took the “difficult decision” to close all its stores from 6pm today (Monday 23 March 2020) for “a little while.”
The statement read: “In the last few weeks, we have been doing all we can to support and protect our Krispy Kreme family, customers and communities during these unprecedented times.
“However, we have taken the difficult decision to close all our Krispy Kreme shops as of 6pm today, 23 March, across the UK and Ireland for a little while. The safety and well-being of our people and customers will always be the number one priority for us. We have taken this decision with a heavy heart, but believe it is absolutely the right thing to do.”
Cheshire added: “We really appreciate the fantastic support we have received from our customers. Also, I would like to say a huge thank you to the entire Krispy Kreme team for their dedication and hard work. They have been outstanding and will be paid as normal during this really difficult time.”
“We will continue to work hard to find as many ways as possible to say a big dough-nutty thank you for all those working tirelessly day and night to keep us safe. We look forward to opening our doors again to you when it is safe to do so. Until then, take care and stay well.”
The news follows after many other retailers decided to temporarily close its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The closures, which will take effect from today evening (Monday 23 March), follows the government urging all restaurants, pubs and bars to close.
The coffee chain which had initially remained open during the Covid-19 outbreak and only offered a takeaway-only service, also confirmed in a statement that it’s hospital branches will remain an exception, adding that it will continue providing free hot drinks to all NHS workers for the next two weeks.