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Furniture shop insists retailers will need more help in future

A Co Tyrone furniture store has urged the government to look at providing more help to retailers forced to close during lockdown.

CFC Interiors in Cookstown had to close during lockdown but did reopen its doors yesterday.

The business has taken out a loan from Danske Bank through the UK government's Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), allowing it to trade through lockdown.

It has also furloughed most of its staff and sold some goods online. But chief executive Paul Wilson said he did not expect a return to normal trading any time soon.

"I don't think there is a clear understanding of the scale of the challenges that retail businesses are facing. Our two busiest times of the year are Easter and October. We lost Easter so we are hoping we get October, but we don't yet know the impact of social distancing," he said. But he added he hoped furloughed workers would have money to spend, and would wish to invest in their homes after being confined there for so long.

Belfast Telegraph