The value retailer has now reportedly started to reopen stores in retail parks across the UK this week. Matalan is reopening these stores based on a change in government guidance, which was issued on May 1.

The new government guidance included homeware on the list of essential retailers in England that could open during the coronavirus lockdown.

The reopening of stores will mean that four hundred and seventeen staff have reportedly returned to work and have been taken off the government’s furlough scheme.