Many small salons will fold, says Lancashire businessman

A significant number of hairdressing salons are set to disappear from Lancashire’s high streets as a result of Covid-19.

Tuesday, 19th May 2020, 3:45 pm
John Kersey

That’s the view of businessman John Kersey, who has been a hairdressing entrepreneur for the past 50 years.

His salon, Kersey Hairdressing, has been shuttered since the Prime Minister ordered the closure of all non-essential retail businesses as part of measures to tackle the spread of Covid-19.

The salon, in Grimsargh, near Preston, isn’t expected to reopen until at least July 4.

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When it does, it will be operating with around half the number of appointments at any one time in order to maintain safe social distancing for staff and customers.

John said: “The hairdressing industry is one of the hardest hit by the Coronavirus pandemic.

“We have one of the largest salons in Lancashire with 35 chairs spread over two floors, but a lot of smaller operators just won’t be able to manage.

“The inability to service enough appointments, on top of all that lost trade, is going to see many of them fold.”