Dobbies garden centre in Southport will reopen its doors this Wednesday (May 13).
The store, on Bentham’s Way, was among businesses which were ordered to close by the Government at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic in March and the subsequent lockdown restrictions.
But following advice from the Government, Dobbies will now welcome back customers at its 54 stores in England, including the site in Southport.
Dobbies said that the safety of team members and customers remains the firm’s number one priority and social distancing measures have been implemented to allow the stores to operate safely.
There will be a limited number of customers permitted in the stores at one time.
A queuing system will be in operation outside the stores, with two metre markers in place to help maintain social distancing.
Hand sanitising and trolley cleaning stations will be available at all store entrances.
Protective screens have been installed at tills and customers will be asked to pay with card or
contactless, where possible. Appropriate PPE has been provided for team members, who will also receive training and regular briefings on how to keep themselves and customers safe.
Rigorous daily hygiene routines will continue throughout the stores.
Whilst the restaurants and soft plays will remain temporarily closed, Dobbies will offer a takeaway menu including hot and cold drinks, soups, toasties, panini and selected bakery items from Friday 15 May. Club Plus members will be able to redeem their hot drink credits and birthday treat vouchers.
Graeme Jenkins, CEO of Dobbies, said: “We have taken care to ensure we are following guidance provided by the Government, British Retail Consortium and Horticultural Trade Association to reopen responsibly.
“Our team is well prepared, social distancing measures are in place and we look forward to
welcoming customers back into our store in Southport and across England.
“I would like to thank our team members and customers for their understanding during these
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