Pictures and video: Crowds back on Cork's Patrick Street as Penneys reopens

Pictures and video: Crowds back on Cork's Patrick Street as Penneys reopens
Queue for Penney's Patrick street , Cork which stretched down, Robert street, Oliver Plunkett street and around to Cook streetPicture: Eddie O'Hare

There are currently queues all the way around the block, from Patrick Street to Oliver Plunkett Street, up Cook Street and back to Patrick Street.

Girls from left, Sarah Murphy, Amy Freeman and Summer Mehigan after purchasing at Penney's Patrick street , Cork Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Girls from left, Sarah Murphy, Amy Freeman and Summer Mehigan after purchasing at Penney's Patrick street , Cork Picture: Eddie O'Hare

The store was supposed to reopen at 10.30am but eager shoppers were allowed in just after 9am.

The retailers' stores in Cork have been closed since March due to Covid-19 restrictions imposed by the Government. 

Queue for Penney's Patrick street , Cork Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Queue for Penney's Patrick street , Cork Picture: Eddie O'Hare

A spokesperson for Penneys said: 

"Employee and customer safety are the highest priority in our preparations for re-opening. 

Heading into Penney's Patrick street , Cork Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Heading into Penney's Patrick street , Cork Picture: Eddie O'Hare

"We are closely following all government safety advice and applying experience gained from our store openings across Europe, putting rigorous health and safety measures in place in all stores, including a strict social distancing protocol, personal protection for employees and customers and increased in-store cleaning."

Heading into Penney's Patrick street , Cork Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Heading into Penney's Patrick street , Cork Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Primark CEO, Paul Marchant, said:

“We are also asking customers to respect the measures we have put in place to help ensure shopping at Penneys is an enjoyable, safe experience for everyone.”

12th June 2020....... Anna Yesayan after purchasing at Penney's Patrick street , Cork Picture: Eddie O'Hare
12th June 2020....... Anna Yesayan after purchasing at Penney's Patrick street , Cork Picture: Eddie O'Hare

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