National lockdown: Controversy rages as flooring chains remain open

THE second national lockdown may be upon us with a vengeance, but Carpetright and Tapi are still allegedly doing business across 400 stores.

According to Carpetright, shopping safely is still an option. This will come as no surprise to those who have seen many stores selling 'non-essential' items remaining open during both national lockdowns.

There has been controversy in recent days with countless independent retailers urging government to crack down on major chains such as The Range, Carpetright and Ryman for continuing to trade during lockdown despite largely selling 'non-essential' goods.

According to the Guardian, Andrew Goodacre, the chief executive of Bira, a trade association representing 3,000 independent retailers, said his members were furious large homewares and other non-food businesses were continuing to trade while small businesses were sticking to the rules. 'They are using words like injustice, unfair and un-level playing field,' he said.

'Government needs to make it very clear to these large companies that they cannot open or can only sell what they deem essential, not a whole range of Christmas trees and lights.'

In a note to customers on its website, Carpetright says:

We are experiencing a high volume of enquiries from customers, trade partners and companies as to whether they will be able to complete their essential projects for their home or business. We would like to reassure customers that most of our stores (except those in Republic of Ireland), and our website remains open and we are continuing to arrange home flooring surveying and third-party fitting in all areas. Don’t worry, there’s still time to book your fitting in time for Christmas. You can continue to shop safely with us in our stores, book one of our in-home or virtual appointments, shop online or with one of our telesales consultants if you prefer. Looking after our colleagues and customers continues to be our number one priority, and you can find further details below on our available services, and the measures we have put in place to ensure safe shopping.