Bensons for Beds offers its shuttered stores as vaccination centres

Companies

Bensons for Beds has become the latest retailer to offer to help distribute the COVID-19 vaccine as it is forced to shut all its physical stores amid new lockdown restrictions.

The bed retailer has reportedly written to the English, Welsh and Scottish governments to offer its currently unused stores as vaccination centres.




It comes after the non-essential retailer was forced to shut its 39 stores which remained open in tier two and tier three areas as the UK entered its third national lockdown.

Its chief operating officer Joe Wykes said that while the company was disappointed to have to close its stores once more, “we think they could be put to good use”.

READ MORE: Morrisons offers vaccine drive-through in 50 of its car parks

“That’s why we’ve today asked the government to consider local Bensons stores as vaccination centres should the need arise,” Wykes added.

Despite what Wykes called “difficult circumstances for so-called non-essential retailers”, Bensons is pushing to expand its online operations to continue trading during lockdown.

Its 30 minute video “sleep consultations” have now been expanded across the country after launching earlier this year in Scotland, Wales and selected parts of England.

The news comes after Tesco, Morrisons, Boots and Superdrug all offered to help distribute the vaccine across the UK while COVID-19 cases continue to skyrocket.

Click here to sign up to Charged‘s free daily email newsletter

Companies

RELATED POSTS

18 Comments. Leave new

  • Avatar
    Michael Chiddicks
    January 8, 2021 10:19 am

    That’s really big of Bensons for Beds…Shame they did’nt have that sort of attitude back in June when Alteri did a pre-pack and left us with £80,000 debt causing a huge restructure and redundancies at our company.

    Reply
  • It’s a shame that Bensons for Beds can’t give their customers any customer service. The bed they sold me fell to pieces within 3 months. They took the bed and headboard away and argued that I hadn’t returned everything, even though having Cctv footage. I won’t be going to Bensons for my jab.

    Reply
    • I hate them a member of staff misold me a bed au managed to get a refund that took 5 months! The man put down the wrong make and colour and signed me into insurance which I didn’t need if I died I don’t have relatives and why would I need to insure a bed that will fall in price? And a replacement won’t cost £1000 rubbish staff all so rude. Why would the shops have room to vaccinate also not set up for health funny nobody cares about the flu or other jabs

      Reply
  • They can’t deliver quality products or provide customer service for their awful products. This company has no morals, no ethics, no empathy. They exist to extract money from the people who made the mistake of buying anything from them. Disgusting company. The quicker they go bust the better.

    Reply
    • Avatar
      The little man
      January 13, 2021 3:17 pm

      Charming !!! Obviously no thought what so ever to the staff who work for them …. normal people who like you perhaps have family to feed and bills to pay. What a shallow minded spite full attitude . It can only be assumed that you will not be going to have your COVID jab their should you be offered it . Stay safe .

      Reply
  • They owe us more than £100k in rent arrears. Now trying to show how much they care for the community after causing job losses in the same community for many landlords due to their non payment.

    Reply
    • I’m sure everyone needs to know your or the company you work for financial situation. Very professional leaving flippant statements on here. Very up market very classy

      Reply
    • Companies shouldn’t be renting stores it’s easy to get arrears built up to be able to forefront leases lol that’s why leases should go then an owner can buy and sell their business premises the same as internet ones who don’t have stores to pay for making it fairer to complete

      Reply
  • Haha – can you imagine that on your headstone Ian Doughty
    “Sadly Missed – Taken by COVID as wouldn’t get the vaccine as Bensons sold him a dodgy bed”

    Reply
  • OH BENSON’S FOR BEDS YOURS ARE SO GOOD FOR OFFERING YOUR PREMISES FOR THE COVID 19 VACCINES PITY WHEN YOURS HAD YOUR PREMISES IN NORTHERN IRELAND ME LIKE A FOOL BOUGHT A BED NEARLY A THOUSAND POUNDS OF YOURS AND MY MATTRES SUNK ON MY SIDE AND MY HUSBAND’S SIDE After LESS THAN A YEAR YOURS SEND SOMEONE OUT TO HAVE A LOOK AT THE MATTRESS AND HE SAID IT WAS SETTLEMENT I NEED HEARD OF A MATTRESS SETTING UNTILL WHEN WE GET INTO BED WE FALL INTO A HOLE THE SALESMAN WHO SOLD ME THIS MATTRESS TO SUIT MY NEEDS AS I HAD 3 BACK OPERATIONS WAS NOT WELL TRAINED IN HIS JOB OF SELLING BEDS IS THAT WHY YOU SHUT UP SHOP IN NORTHERN IRELAND ITS BEEN A MONTH NOW FROM THE ENGINEER CAME OUT TO LOOK AT MY MATTRESS AND I HAVEN’T HEARD A THING BACK FROM BENSON’S OF BEDS BUT I DO INTEND TO GO TO TRADING STANDARDS AS I HAD A 5 YEAR GUARANTEE WITH MY MATTRESS THANKS FOR NOTHING BENSON’S IT TOOK ME OVER 2 YEARS TO SAVE UP FOR MY MATTRESS AND BED BUT BECAUSE YOURS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO OPEN YOU ARE MAKING YOUR SEL ES LOOK GOOD BY LETTING THEN USING PREMISES TO GIVE THE VACCINE IN STEAD OF SELLING BEDS AND MATTRESS THAT’S WHAT YOUR NEW JOB SHOULD BE BECAUSE YOURS KNOW NOTHING ABOUT SELLING BEDS IM JUST SORRY I DID NOT BUY ONE CLOSER TO ME

    Reply
    • It’s a shame that you reply is all about how YOU ….. have been upset with issues surrounding a purchase YOU made …… YOU YOU YOU ….. poor you . Obviously it’s all about your issues and not the fact that people are dying everyday . Nasty attitude very shameful .

      Reply
    • Did they rip you off with insurance? I was I’m lucky I got my money back they also sold me a mattress the wrong size

      Reply
  • I can’t believe people attitude ,its nothing to do with their services of beds ,its all about comcoming together together to help role out vaccine ,Benson for beds I sulute you for offering your stores to help the government to role out vaccine ,its only stores locations your offering not to administer the vacine,

    Reply
  • Avatar
    Michelle Hardman
    January 9, 2021 9:54 am

    You’ll only get half a vaccine like you only get half a bed when you go to Benson’s. Terrible company 😪

    Reply
  • Wow 😯 didn’t realise people could be so judgemental in such a crisis
    Bensons are offer their shops to be used as covid vaccinations and all some of you are worried about is your beds lol 😂 or that the company has debt.. what did some people expect during a pandemic and stores being shut??!!
    Such a caring world…
    Well done bensons offering your units to be used for vaccinations
    Let’s hope those that are very concerned about their beds don’t get covid!! And need your vaccination in a bensons store

    Reply
    • No the vaccines should be done in an appropriate place it’s about getting their own staff vaccinated that’s why everyone is so desperate for this vaccine yet flu kills still anyway. That’s doled out by GPS. The vaccine needs to be carefully transported why a bed shop? They hope the customers will come back for a bed it’s product promotion too so desperate avoid the place

      Reply
  • Reading all your comments Collette makes me question your motivation . Bensons I salute you for offering up your CLOSED stores as vaccination sites . This whole situation is generally about bringing people together however as with everything we get a small group of badly informed people who completely focus on particular issues regarding the service and products . Bensons have offered their Closed stores for use . No financial gain is their for them . Read the article properly then if you are able to form a sensible opinion.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill out this field
Fill out this field
Please enter a valid email address.

Menu

SUBSCRIBE TO OUR NEWSLETTER

Sign up to our daily newsletter to get all the latest retail tech news and insights direct to your inbox.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.