Three of Britain’s biggest retailers today laid bare the devastation wrought by the Covid crisis on London trading, giving rise to fresh fears about the impact of a potential second lockdown of the capital.
Bakery chain Greggs, bookseller Waterstones and chocolatier Hotel Chocolat said trading in central London and other city centre locations remains severely depressed compared with suburban and out-of-town locations.
There are growing concerns that a potential London lockdown could further damage trade for non-essential retailers still recovering from three months of forced closure in spring.
Greggs chief executive Roger Whiteside said: “London is already one of the most affected areas with people now travelling in less. If there were then a lockdown to take that actually even lower you might find some London shops are simply not worth opening.”
He added: “It would have