The DIY retailer B&Q has reopened 155 stores in the UK, which means that about half of its total number of branches are now open.
The hardware chain first reopened 14 branches last weekend after seeing “other key retailers supporting social distancing.”
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Yesterday, April 22, 61 branches followed suit, and another 80 stores opened today, April 23.
This brings the total number of B&Q stores open to 155.
B&Q closed all physical stores on March 25, and customers were only able to use home delivery and pick-up and pick-up services to purchase goods.
The DIY chain, which was classified as an “essential” retailer during the coronavirus crisis, has confirmed that its reopened stores will follow strict social distancing measures.
Complete list of B & amp; Q
- Barnsley (Dearne Valley)
- Birmingham – Erdington, Halesowen and Solihull
- Bognor Regis
- Bristol – Longwell Green & Hartcliffe
- Burton upon trent
- Castleford (Glasshoughton)
- Coventry – Alvis Retail Park and Brandon Road
- Great yarmouth
- High Wycombe
- Hull – Ferry Lane and St Andrews Quay
- Kings lynn
- Leeds – Beeston and Killingbeck ring road
- Liverpool – Aintree & Liverpool Shopping Park
- London – Acton, Chiswick, Cricklewood, Croydon, Enfield, Greenwich, Leyton, New Malden, Peckham, Sutton & Yeading
- Manchester – Cheetham Hill and Trafford Park
- Milton Keynes
- Newcastle (Scotswood)
- Norwich Hall Road
- Nottingham– Eastwood, Netherfield and Riverside
- Preston (Bamber Bridge)
- Romford – Roneo Corner and Tangent Link
- Sheffield (Queens Road)
- Southampton – Hedge End and Nursling
- St. Helens
- Stockton on tees
- Stoke-On-Trent (Meir Park)
- Sutton in Ashfield
- Tunbridge Wells
- Tyne & Wear – North Shields and Washington
- West thurrock
- York – Clifton Moor & Hull Road
- Belfast (Holywood Exchange)
- Lisburn (Sprucefield)
- Aberdeen – Don Bridge and Garthdee Road
- East kilbride
- Edinburgh – Hermiston Gait & Newcraighall
- Glasgow – Darnley, Great Western Rd and Parkhead
- Cardiff – Cardiff Gate & Culverhouse Cross
- Merthyr Tydfil
This includes two-meter floor markers in stores and Plexiglas screens at checkouts.
Customers may also have to queue to enter stores, with stores limiting the number of authorized buyers at the same time.
In stores that have already reopened, customers have only been able to purchase products that are available for sale and take out the same day.
The retailer temporarily discontinued services such as kitchen and bathroom design, paint mixing, wood cutting and key cutting.
It also only accepts card and contactless payments.
Basic store hours for reopened stores are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., although store hours may vary by location.
Buyers should use the online store finder or call ahead before making the trip.
B&Q has nearly 300 stores in the UK.
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A B&Q spokesperson said, “As an essential retailer, we are committed to providing the best possible service to meet customer needs for home improvement during these difficult times, while ensuring the safety of customers and colleagues.
“After watching other essential retailers support social distancing in their stores, we are now following their best practices and reopening some stores with strict social distancing measures in place.
“As with shopping in a supermarket, we strictly limit the number of customers in the store at any time. As a result, customers usually line up before entering stores.
“All stores have a designated queue area outside and these have two meter markers to help remind everyone to respect their personal space. “
Since the retailer only went online, B&Q customers have had to queue for more than an hour to access their DIY.com website.
Others found themselves angry after two weeks of waiting to click and retrieve orders.
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