'I can't let my family's 200-year-old shop close'
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Coronavirus: 200-year-old family shoe shop to reopen

A shoe shop run by eight generations of the same family for more than 200 years is preparing to reopen as coronavirus restrictions begin to lift.

W. J. French & Son has been trading in Southampton since 1803, but estimates it has lost more than £100,000 during the lockdown.

The shop will reopen on Monday with social distancing measures in place, including plastic screens so shoes can be safely fitted by staff.

Video journalist: Laura Ancell

This story was filmed using safe social distancing techniques

  • 13 Jun 2020
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