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John Lewis names first stores to reopen with new safety measures


John Lewis is about to reopen 13 stores subsequent month with a number of strict safety measures in place to hold prospects secure.

The division retailer chain stated it then hopes to open extra retailers through the summer time months – relying on the response to its “new ways of operating”.

Earlier this week, the federal government gave non-essential retailers, comparable to style stores, the go-ahead to get again to enterprise on 15 June.

John Lewis will open two branches that day, adopted by one other 11 three days later.

A Waitrose store
Image: Waitrose supermarkets have remained open

On 15 June:

  • Kingston
  • Poole

On 18 June:

  • Bluewater
  • Cambridge
  • Cheadle
  • Cheltenham
  • High Wycombe
  • Horsham
  • Ipswich
  • Norwich
  • Nottingham
  • Solihull
  • Welwyn

John Lewis stated the branches had been chosen “primarily because of their accessibility by car” and can undertake social distancing measures already in place within the agency’s Waitrose supermarkets.

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The firm added: “Depending on the response from customers and partners to our new ways of operating with respect to social distancing, more shops will open throughout the summer.”

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Shoppers will face a collection of restrictions and safety measures, as their expertise of going into retailers will feel and look very totally different to earlier than the coronavirus outbreak.

John Lewis stated becoming rooms and in-store cafes might be shut till additional discover – and it’ll scale back the provision of buyer providers, comparable to at magnificence counters.

There may even be a discount within the variety of entrances to every retailer, and solely a specific amount of customers might be allowed inside at anybody time.

Staff might be readily available to welcome the general public, reply questions and handle queues.

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John Lewis quickly closed its 50 division stores on 23 March – the day the prime minister introduced the lockdown – for the first time in its 155-year historical past.

In April, the corporate stated on-line buying and selling had elevated because the lockdown – however warned annual gross sales may plunge by 35% in a worst-case situation because of the COVID-19 outbreak.