Video: Prada, Chanel stores empty inside London’s Harrods amid coronavirus shutdown

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High-end stores like Prada, Chanel and Louis Vuitton were emptied of all products inside Harrods more than two weeks after the luxury London store, which stayed open during World War II, shut its doors due to the coronavirus outbreak, according to videos on social media.

Harrods, the iconic department store in Knightsbridge, central London, announced it was closing its doors on March 20 but said it would keep its food halls and pharmacy open to the public.

“Harrods, London’s largest store, was emptied of fear of looting. This is the place known as the cradle of civilization,” tweeted Turkish filmmaker Birol Guven with a video that appears to have been shot by store employees.

“The welfare of our community of colleagues, customers, and partners has been our absolute priority throughout this time of uncertainty,” managing director Michael Ward said in a statement to AFP two weeks ago.

“With this in mind, we have made the very difficult decision to close our doors from 7 pm, Friday 20th March.”

A spokesman for Harrods told AFP that the store’s 5,000 staff would keep their jobs despite the closure, saying: “Nobody is being laid off.”

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