Paul has confirmed that it has temporarily closed all of its 37 shops across London and Oxford. Initially, the chain remained opened during the coronavirus outbreak to offer a takeaway-only service. However, following the government’s decision to put the country in lockdown, it has closed all of its outlets.
The Bread Market, its central bakery in Acton, will, however, continue to operate, supplying fresh loaves to Londoners. Paul will also continue to donate unsold loaves and freshly-baked bread pudding to London-based charity The Felix Project, which distributes surplus fresh food to those that need it most.
Mark Hilton, CEO of Paul UK, said: “We have temporarily closed the doors of all of our stores. Our number one priority is the safety of our teams and customers, and we believe this is the best thing to do to help support social distancing.
“Our Bread Market remains open, but we have taken steps to ensure queues don’t congregate, marking out lines to denote the acceptable 2m social distancing.”