Hancocks is to permanently close four depots in Coventry, Stoke, Croydon and Reading as a result of the changing nature of the business and a move to online ordering due to the current lockdown cirumstances.
In a company statement, the confectionery wholesaler explained that it will, however, be reopening six other facilities and continue to open more in the coming weeks, in line with social distancing guidelines and at a pace that it can do safely.
Hancocks was initially forced to transfer all of its services online and temporarily close all cash and carry facilities as a result of the lockdown, with the four named locations to not reopen at all.
“It is clear to all that the Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on our everyday lives and plans. Hancocks has always strived to offer the highest level of service and choice to our customers,” read the statement. “The current pandemic has accelerated online shopping trends, with the convenience of online shopping appealing to more and more customers, which Hancocks has responded to by lifting our capacity and maintaining good service.”
“Sadly, not all of our cash and carry sites will reopen, with four of our stores, Coventry, Stoke, Croydon and Reading permanently closed. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause you, but assure you, as the UK’s leading confectionery wholesaler, we can still service your confectionery needs.”