B&Q has reopened all its UK locations today, to & # 39; t the country is trying to prevent the side of & # 39; coronavirus lockdown.
The DIY store, which closed its doors on March 25, amid social distance measures of & # 39; e government, confirmed that its 288 stores were now open to the public in an effort to & # 39; repair & maintain houses & gardens in & # 39; t United Kingdom.
The announcement comes after B&Q's decision to reopen 130 stores saw massive queues outside its stores in Watford, Edinburgh, Bristol and Swansea.
B&Q says that all of its facilities will have a designated waiting area outside and that they will have navigation meters every two meters to remind customers to keep their distance.
B&Q has re-opened its 288 UK stores today and will & # 39; strict social distance measures & # 39; instead. (Image image)
A staff member at the B&Q department in Stockton is preparing for the opening of a store behind a perspex screen
Navigation markers are placed in Stockton's store to remind customers to stay two feet from each other
The hardware store will also have protective perspex screens placed at each checkout, which will be each two feet from each other, and there will be sanitation stations for trolleys.
Direction arrows will also help customers through the store and remind them to follow social distance measures.
In addition, due to the voluminous nature of some of its products, B&Q allows store parties of two people, allowing them to serve larger items themselves.
B&Q CEO Graham Bell said: & # 39; Our highest priority is to keep our colleagues safe at work and our customers safe while shopping.
& # 39; In all of our stores we have strict social distance measures in place.
The new B&W store rules at lockdown
- B&Q has placed two-meter navigation markers outside its stores to remind customers to keep their distance
- There will be two-meter arrows for directing customers when they are in the store
- Sanitary stations will be provided for trolleys
- There will be protective perspex screens at the crates
- Shoppers can only pay with contactless payments
- Staff will place inside and outside the store, to remind everyone to stay safe and follow social distance guidelines
- The store allows two-person store parties, allowing them to serve larger items themselves
& # 39; Whether we shop in our stores or online, we ask all of our customers to follow the & # 39; s social distance guidelines e to follow government and to shop responsibly only if they have to. & # 39;
This month, the DIY store has slowly re-opened by opening 14 stores on April 14, followed by 22 other stores on April 22.
On April 29, the hardware retailer opened another 130 stores.
Today read a message on & # 39; the company's website: & # 39; All B&Q stores are now open with the exception of our stores in & # 39; ROI and Guernsey. All shops are open Monday to Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm. Sundays opening hours vary, so please check the location store page for details about your local store. & # 39;
Earlier this month, B&Q customers waited more than an hour to reach the company's website, with hundreds of thousands searching for products this weekend.
With the UK still in lockdown, the home remodeling retailer saw massive demand for its inventory, with online shoppers telling them they had been waiting at least 60 minutes before making clicks and making orders.
Customers also claimed that they were kicked out of their website after waiting for an hour in a virtual queue.
A staff member has protective equipment at a Stockton facility when the store prepares to open to customers
According to the safety rules, all stores will have a designated waiting area outside and shoppers must keep two feet apart. (Image image)
Shoppers stand in a B&Q store in Charlton, south London, on April 29, in accordance with the store's security measures
Earlier this month, more than 317,000 people waited at the same time to buy products from B & Q's online store
At one stage, more than 317,000 people were waiting at the same time to buy products, and the company did not tell customers not to come to their stores until they were told to follow the ongoing social distance guidelines.
The decision to reopen all its stores comes a day after DIY retailer Wickes revealed it would be the reopening of six stores with strict social distance measures today in Pudsey, Cheltenham, Preston, Sevenoaks, Cricklewood and Hailsham.
A statement released by the retailer reads: & # 39; As of April 30, 6 of our stores – Pudsey, Cheltenham, Preston, Sevenoaks, Cricklewood and Hailsham – will be open to the public.
& # 39; In addition to the new social distance measures, these stores will operate shorter opening hours on Monday through Saturday, opening at 7:00 am and closing at 6:00 pm. Sunday returns to trading hours from 10 am to 4 pm. & # 39;
The hardware company said each of its stores would limit the number of buyers in & # 39; the store at any time and that there & # 39; clear signs and floor markers & # 39; would help customers keep two feet apart.
In addition, the store has Perspex screens installed on its tile and service stations, stations will be cleaned for customers, staff on the shop floor will use PPE and only contactless payments will be accepted.
Elsewhere, Homebase opened 20 of its stores over the weekend as part of a trial.
Yesterday, CEO of the company Damian McGloughlin said: & # 39; In March, Homebase was classified as an essential retailer by the government, meaning our stores can continue to trade. However, with the safety of our customers and teams as our first priority, we decided to close our stores temporarily and only operate online.
& # 39; We have taken this time to carefully review and make a large number of changes to our operations in preparation for a safe, phased reopening, in line with governmental guidelines on social distance.
& # 39; After a successful trial across 20 stores, we will host an additional 50 stores on & # 39; t Re-opening the UK, with strict controls in place to ensure that shopping is safe for everyone. Our remaining UK stores will all be re-opened for customers to shop from Saturday, May 2nd. & # 39;
DIY retailer Wickes revealed that it would reopen six stores with strict social distance measures of today
A notice tells customers to keep two feet apart on April 29 at a Homebase store in Rayleigh
However, at the store, the fast-food retailer KFC announced that it would open 80 branches just for delivery yesterday.
The chain said 100 of its stores up and down the country could bring orders to & # 39; customers' homes next Monday.
Paula MacKenzie, CEO of KFC UK & Ireland, said: & # 39; I am truly proud of & # 39; a way that we, with our franchise partners, have been able to cautiously return some of our restaurants for delivery over the past two weeks.
& # 39; This next step will allow us to continue to have wider access to hot food for those who need it most, whether that be major workers after a long shift or those who & # 39; don't work at home, and don't need a quick, affordable dinner for the family. & # 39;
B&Q is also following in the footsteps of restaurants Nandos, Burger King and Wagamama, which have all announced plans to reopen restaurants this week.
What business has started to reopen?
- Nandos – has opened six restaurants – four in London and two in Manchester – only for delivery The restaurants to reopen are: London (Clink St, Camberwell, Canary Jubilee, Gloucester Road) Manchester (Fallowfield, Printworks)
- Burger King – has opened eight restaurants for delivery in Dundee, Aberdeen, Reading, Hillington (Norfolk), Southampton, Merto, (London) Springfield Quay (London)
- Wagamama – is to reopen its kitchen to deliver food to customers' homes Thursday from their kitchen in Peckham and Hackney
- Greggs – will open 20 stores in & # 39; Newcastle area as part of a & # 39; trial & # 39;
- Five boys – The burger chain has opened 20 of its 104 restaurants The stores that are open for delivery are: Cambridge Leisure Center, Norwich, Colchester, Chelmsford, High St. Kensington, Reading, York, Southampton
- Timpsons – will open stores gradually, starting with those in supermarkets.
- KFC – the chicken chain opens 100 branches only for delivery.
- Fun in Manger – has reopened 10 London take-aways
- Cost coffee – has opened four stores only for delivery
- Home base – 20 of its stores opened over the weekend as part of a trial
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