TJ Hughes was fined a total of £30,000 for lockdown breaches in Liverpool.
The department store was handed three separate penalties, each of £10,000, and all linked to incidents in the same month.
Details of the fines were revealed in documents published by Liverpool Council.
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A Neighbourhood Select Committee report detailed action taken by the city’s licensing officers – who have been tasked with enforcing Coronavirus legislation since it was introduced as the pandemic took hold in the UK.
The report explained: “Since April 2020, the Licensing Enforcement Team and Premises Team have conducted in excess of 6,000 compliance visits to premises throughout the city.
“As a result of these visits, 19 prohibition notices, 5 improvement notices and 18 fixed penalty notices have been issued.”
Action referred to in the report included that taken against soft play centre Cirq-D-Play, fined £3,960 for opening in November when restrictions at the time required such facilities to close.
A closure notice handed to Prophecy Performance Gym in Speke – the first the authority issued during the pandemic – was also detailed.
A brief overview of action taken against TJ Hughes was then referenced.
The report said: “The other notable matter was the issuing of a Prohibition Notice and three Fixed Penalty Notices of £10,000 to TJ Hughes; actions consistent with our regional colleagues.”
The company was fined £17,000 in November for opening its store in Middlesbrough.
Middlesbrough Council issued the punishment, arguing TJ Hughes was not an “essential” retailer and should be closed.
In that case the firm said its store is “entitled to remain open” as it sold food, hardware and gardening supplies.
The reasons for the fines handed out by Liverpool Council were not revealed in the licensing overview.
But the ECHO understands all three related to the firm’s Liverpool city centre store and were linked to incidents in November, during which the city spent a short period of time under Tier Three restrictions before the introduction of the second national lockdown.
The ECHO has contacted TJ Hughes for comment.