DIY giant Wickes is re-opening its Pudsey Road store tomorrow – one of six to re-open nationally with strict social distancing measures in place to protect colleagues and customers.
In addition to the new measures, the trial stores will operate shorter opening hours from Monday to Saturday, opening at 7am and closing at 6pm, with Sunday reverting to the trading hours of 10am to 4pm.
A spokesperson said:
“Initiatives which have been successfully deployed by other major retailers are being introduced to ensure customers can shop safely and colleagues remain protected.”
Each of the stores will limit the number of customers in the shop at any one time, while clear signage and floor markers will advise customers to keep two metres apart.
Additionally, each shop has installed perspex screens at the tills and service stations, and colleagues on the shop floor will be using PPE.
Sanitising stations have been installed for customer use and the stores will only accept card and contactless payments.
The Wickes stores reopening also include Cheltenham, Preston, Sevenoaks, Cricklewood and Hailsham.
They will all open to the public on Thursday, April 30.
Last week DIY company B&Q started to re-open its stores, including off the Ring Road near Cottingley in south Leeds.