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Will Penneys be having a reopening sale?

By Sarah Finnan

June 9, 2020 at 10:52am

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There has been some speculation as to whether the retailer would have a reopening sale, or what is commonly known as a 'fire sale', however, a spokesperson for the chain has confirmed that stock will be sold at normal prices.

Penneys fans have been waiting for news of its reopening for what feels like an eternity. There's no denying that it's been a long old graft but thankfully, there is hope on the horizon as the retailer has confirmed that it will be reopening all of its Irish stores in the coming weeks.

Sixteen of the stores will reopen this Friday (including Mary Street, O'Connell Street, Dun Laoghaire, Wexford, Sligo, Limerick, Drogheda, Newbridge, Tralee, Cork, Clonmel, Swords, Ballina, Killarney, Kilkenny, and  Waterford), while the remaining 20 stores will reopen on Monday, June 15th.

Already open in many places across Europe, strict health and safety measures will be in place to allow for proper social distancing. Customer numbers will be limited inside the shop at any one time and there will be extra security, employees dedicated to managing queues as well as no fitting rooms, beauty concessions or beauty item testers.

As for the possibility of a reopening sale, or fire sale as it's often called, a spokesperson for the retailer has weighed in on the matter saying that the chain is unlikely to launch one. Shoppers were hopeful that prices would be slashed given the fact that the business has no website or online means to sell off excess stock, however the Irish Mirror reports that  finance chief John Bason said:

"What we will do, because we've got the financial wherewithal, we'll carry it through to next year."

He later denied claims that Penneys would be running a reopening sale, adding:

"We are not doing a fire sale. Customers can look forward to our normal prices offering everyday value."

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