Wickes has announced its plans to reopen.
At the moment, the hardware store has only opened six stores, but after a test phase, Wickes will open all doors to customers in the next two weeks.
The reopening of Wickes will take place in two phases. Tomorrow, May 14th, 106 stores will open.
While the remaining 108 open their doors on Tuesday May 19th.
Social distancing measures are taken in all branches to protect colleagues and customers.
Wickes will limit the number of people in its stores at the same time. Clear signs and floor markings will be put in place to ensure people stay two meters apart and plexiglass screens have been installed at the checkouts.
Disinfection stations are provided for the customer, colleagues use PPE and the shops only accept card and contactless payments.
David Wood, CEO of Wickes, said: “The safety of our colleagues and customers is always our top priority.
“Over the past few weeks, after Covid-19, we have taken the time to review in detail how we can do our business safely, and we are confident that we have taken the right measures to achieve this.”
“We measured customer experience in the Wickes test stores. 8 out of 10 describe their experience as” excellent “in terms of the feeling of being” safe and secure “.
“This positive customer feedback is only possible thanks to the hard work of our business colleagues. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for how they responded to the challenges posed by the pandemic, shifting focus to make our customers successful operated by Click & Collect and delivery to your home.
“We look forward to welcoming our customers through our doors again in the coming weeks.”
The opening hours of the shops are still shorter than before the temporary closure. Business-dependent trading hours from Monday to Saturday start either at 6 a.m. or 7 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. Trading hours on Sunday remain from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.