William Hill to permanently close 119 shops due to coronavirus crisis

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William Hill said that 119 of its betting shops will remain closed as they do not expect customers to return in the numbers seen before the Covid-19 pandemic.

It said that “the majority of colleagues (will be) redeployed within the estate”. William Hill runs more than 1,500 betting shops around the UK.

Chief executive Ulrik Bengtsson said: “I am delighted with William Hill’s performance in these extraordinary times. Our team has been remarkable, supporting each other and our customers throughout the pandemic, and I would like to thank them for their continuing efforts.

“The furlough scheme provided welcome and timely support, and meant we could protect the jobs of our 7,000 UK retail colleagues. Therefore, given the strength of our recovery post-lockdown, we have decided to repay the furlough funds.”