Retailers pick up the pieces

Retailers pick up the pieces

Operators and independent retailers were continuing to assess the damage done to their stores during the riots that flared up across English cities last week.

Retailers told Mobile that work is underway to refurbish and restock some stores damaged in the riots and several were expected to reopen shortly.

In the meantime, retailers are talking to their insurers and are trying to work out the cost of damage to property, theft of products and the loss of earnings caused by their inability to trade.

An O2 spokesperson said: ‘Last week we experienced damage and theft at a small number of our shops in London. We have seen no damage to any of our stores since last Tuesday (9 August). Twelve stores have been affected in total, however, the majority of these just sustained damage to windows and doors.

‘Theft was minimised as new stock in most of our stores is contained in a secure area that is difficult to breach.We continue to monitor this situation carefully and we’re taking all action necessary to ensure the safety of both our people and premises.’

A spokesman for Three said: ‘Four of our stores were damaged during the recent disturbances, but thanks to a lot of hard work and determination from our retail teams, two are already trading again and we are hoping the remaining two will be back open for business again very soon.’

Three also said that it was too early to say what the cost would be. Stores currently closed are being refurbished and dates for re-opening are yet to be confirmed.

Everything Everywhere said that the company is talking to its insurers and working to assess damages and property loss. It added that it will continue to take advice from the police and will make every effort to ensure the necessary measures are in place to guarantee the safety of staff and customers, and the security of stores.

Vodafone escaped relatively lightly compared to other retailers and all its shops were up and running again by the weekend of 13/14 August. It says its insurance will cover the damage.
 
Independent retailer Phones 4u has not released information on the number of stores hit, but a spokesperson said: ‘As a result of the continued support being provided to store staff by our Security and Operations teams, and the due diligence and professionalism expressed by our field teams, thankfully we have managed to keep damage to our stores to a minimum.’

Carphone Warehouse said it was not offering any further comment.

Mobile phone stores hit by the riots

Operators and independent retailers were continuing to assess the damage done to their stores during the riots that flared up across English cities last week.

Retailers told Mobile that work is underway to refurbish and restock some stores damaged in the riots and several were expected to reopen shortly.

In the meantime, retailers are talking to their insurers and are trying to work out the cost of damage to property, theft of products and the loss of earnings caused by their inability to trade.

An O2 spokesperson said: ‘Last week we experienced damage and theft at a small number of our shops in London. We have seen no damage to any of our stores since last Tuesday (9 August). Twelve stores have been affected in total, however, the majority of these just sustained damage to windows and doors.

‘Theft was minimised as new stock in most of our stores is contained in a secure area that is difficult to breach.We continue to monitor this situation carefully and we’re taking all action necessary to ensure the safety of both our people and premises.’

A spokesman for Three said: ‘Four of our stores were damaged during the recent disturbances, but thanks to a lot of hard work and determination from our retail teams, two are already trading again and we are hoping the remaining two will be back open for business again very soon.’

Three also said that it was too early to say what the cost would be. Stores currently closed are being refurbished and dates for re-opening are yet to be confirmed.

Everything Everywhere said that the company is talking to its insurers and working to assess damages and property loss. It added that it will continue to take advice from the police and will make every effort to ensure the necessary measures are in place to guarantee the safety of staff and customers, and the security of stores.

Vodafone escaped relatively lightly compared to other retailers and all its shops were up and running again by the weekend of 13/14 August. It says its insurance will cover the damage.
 
Independent retailer Phones 4u has not released information on the number of stores hit, but a spokesperson said: ‘As a result of the continued support being provided to store staff by our Security and Operations teams, and the due diligence and professionalism expressed by our field teams, thankfully we have managed to keep damage to our stores to a minimum.’

Carphone Warehouse said it was not offering any further comment.

Mobile phone stores hit by the riots

Orange and T-Mobile
Approximately 20 Orange and T-Mobile stores were damaged and looted during the riots, with around 11 hit in London, including T-Mobile stores in Streatham and Wood Green. The rest were in central locations in Manchester, Birmingham (where an Orange store was also attacked), Bristol and Liverpool, Mobile understands.

O2
Twelve O2 stores, including at least eight in London, also suffered from vandalism and looting in the riots at Wood Green, Clapham, Islington, Woolwich, Hackney, Croydon, Camden and Tottenham Hale (franchise store).

Three Retail
Four London stores were hit in Camden, Walthamstow, Streatham and Clapham.

Carphone Warehouse
Carphone Warehouse has not revealed how many of its stores were affected, although the number is believed to be less than 10, one of which includes the West Ealing store in London.

Vodafone
Vodafone has not confirmed how many of its stores were hit in the rioting last week, although estimates put it at about eight, including one in Brixton (pictured above) that featured on TV news.

Phones 4u
Phones 4u confirmed a ‘number’ of its stores were damaged, including one in Birmingham – again, less than 10 are thought to have been affected.

Fonehouse
Independent retailer Fonehouse suffered attacks on three London stores in Walworth Road, Greenwich and Norbury.

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