Ridgeons timber and builders merchants which has a Snettisham branch announces temporary closure
Timber and builders' merchants Ridgeons, which has an outlet in Snettisham, has shut its doors with immediate effect.
The announcement following last night's speech by the Prime Minister will be a blow for building firms and self-employed builders who regularly visit the site for a wide range of supplies.
The CEO of the business Terry Owen said in a statement last night: "We have kept all our branches open and fully functioning as long as possible, and we would love nothing more than to be able to continue to operate normally.
"However we do not live in ‘normal’ times at present, and after a careful assessment of all our options involving trade and retail customers alike, as well as our employees and suppliers, we feel that we must do the right thing for the greater good.
"In order to protect our people and help limit the deadly spread of the COVID-19 virus, and following the Prime Minister’s speech on Monday evening, we have decided to temporarily close all Huws Gray, Ridgeons, ATC, RFP, Plumbstock, Qualplas and AC Roof Trusses branches with immediate effect.
"We have not taken such a decision lightly, but we do believe that in emergency situations, we need to do our bit as individuals, as a company and as a construction community to protect each other.
"We remain committed to our customers and to our employees, but our commitment extends far further than purely economic arrangements. The health and welfare of our customers, work colleagues and suppliers are fundamental factors in all our decision-making and your protection remains our highest priority.
"In the 30 years of our existence, a combination of fantastic staff and loyal customers, has enabled us to cope successfully with more than one period of global uncertainty and financial crisis. However, the COVID-19 crisis is far more serious, and importantly, far more dangerous than any that we have faced previously as individuals and as companies.
"As this is a rapidly changing situation, we don’t know for how long our branches will be closed. However, we will continue to follow the advice of our Governments as well as Public Health England and Public Health Wales."
He advised that people should check its website and social media platforms for any updates on the situation.
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