William Hill to close 119 betting houses

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William Hill says 119 of its High Street betting shops will not reopen after the forced closure by the coronavirus outbreak.

The company, which has 1,500 outlets in the UK, said it did not expect customers to return to the numbers seen before the Covid-19 pandemic.

The news came as it posted profits of £ 141million for the first six months of 2020, up from a loss of £ 63million last year.

He also said he would reimburse £ 24.5million received from the UK leave program.

The company did not say how many jobs were affected by the store closures but said that “the majority of colleagues [would be] redeployed within the domain “.

Managing Director Ulrik Bengtsson said: “I am delighted with the performance of William Hill in these extraordinary times. Our team has been outstanding, supporting each other and our customers throughout the pandemic, and I want to thank them for their continued efforts.

“The leave program has provided timely and welcome support, and has enabled us to protect the jobs of our 7,000 retail colleagues in the UK. Therefore, given the strength of our post-lockdown recovery, we decided to repay the leave funds. “

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