Tesco shoppers have voiced their anger after finding part of the store blocked off by a wall of booze.
Customers have vented their spleens about the supermarket’s Walsall store on social media after escalators were blocked by a barricade of alcohol-filled cases.
The same was the case in the Tesco in Sutton Coldfield, although there a wall of chocolate was used instead.
The upper level of the store is typically the home of clothing and household wares.
It comes after national lockdown restrictions came into effect on November 5.
Under the new rules, all non-essential stores have been advised to close.
Walsall shoppers took to social media on November 7, to express their fury at the closure of the upper level.
On Facebook, a customer said: “You should be ashamed of yourselves. This is Walsall too so for anyone who says ‘oh, it’s only Wales who are doing this’ you are wrong!
“We now can’t buy our kids clothes and yes there’s online but sometimes urgency requires people to go in-store, and some people have no access to the internet.
“Oh and I nearly forgot, they have blocked you buying your kids clothes with alcohol.”
Another mum tweeted: “Disappointed that Tesco has stopped access to clothes, toys and cards during this lockdown.
“I’ve got three birthdays this month. One for a child and two adults.
“I wanted to get a toy and cards today. Not on. Yet they are selling Christmas cards and stuff downstairs.”
On Twitter, a spokesman for the supermarket said: “In line with new Government guidance in England which requires the closure of separate floors selling non-food items, we have closed the Clothing and General Merchandise departments in our stores that sell these products from a separate mezzanine level.
“We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. If there’s something in particular that customers really need from the mezzanine level, please just speak to one of our in-store colleagues and they’ll be happy to help you.”