Following the March 23 lockdown, DIY enthusiasts and hardware stores were included in the list of retailers authorized to remain open.
All major UK DIY chains, except Screwfix, have closed their stores – but if you have an independent store locally and you are desperate to do this work this weekend, it might be worth it. checked.
For the record, some independent DIY and hardware stores choose to stay open – but stick to the distance label if you use them. Similarly, some local garden centers offer delivery and even click-and-remove services, although they are likely to be very busy.
You can still order online at major UK DIY stores including Wickes, Screwfix, Homebase and B&Q. Although they offer an “overnight” option, deliveries may take longer than usual and available ranges will be reduced.
In the case of B&Q and Screwfix, the click & collect service is always limited (see below). Here we look at which stores are open and which are not and the type of restrictions in place.
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B&Q stores are closed and will remain closed for the time being, the company said, but customers can still order items online.
People can continue to use the click & collect service, but the range available is reduced to “essentials for home repair and maintenance.” These include equipment, plumbing, electricity, central heating and boiler parts, building materials, tools, security and light bulbs.
Customers can collect the items they purchased online from the parking lot of their local B&Q store, where a staff member will bring the product near their car.
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“The range will be limited for our Click & Collect service to ensure that we do everything in our power to limit unnecessary purchases and that our customers and colleagues are protected from unnecessary contact,” said B&Q.
A “more complete product line” may soon be available for home delivery, as B&Q said it was working on it.
He said deliveries will be left through the customers’ front door instead of being brought inside the house.
Homebase initially told customers that they can still shop in its stores because its out-of-town locations make it easier to observe social distancing rules.
However, the stores are now closed “temporarily” and the company said it had to suspend its in-store collection service “due to unexpected high demand”.
Home deliveries still work.
The company said: “With safety being our first priority, we have decided to continue operating only online and our home delivery service has been adapted to ensure the safety of our teams during this period.
“For the moment, our stores will remain closed to customers and we will inform you as soon as we reopen. “
Homebase said it had to temporarily suspend its in-store collection service “due to unexpected high demand”
Wickes stores, owned by Travis Perkins, are closed and the retailer has suspended its click & collect service, but customers can still order online for home delivery.
However, due to particularly high demand, Wickes said they are unlikely to be able to deliver overnight delivery “to most routes and locations.”
“As these are particularly busy times for us, availability can sometimes be limited, so please trust us,” said the company.
Screwfix stated that most of its stores are open, but only for “essential” click & collect orders and operate at reduced new hours. Its website has been updated to reflect these “essential” products.
Hours of operation are mostly 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday to Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, although some stores have further reduced opening hours due to low staffing levels .
Customers can still order items for home delivery, but Screwfix said deliveries may be delayed and product lines may be limited.
Screfix said most of its stores are open, but only for “essential” click & collect orders
The company said, “Screwfix now only operates a home delivery service and Click & Collect.
“Stores have reduced hours for Click & Collect orders of essential purchases only, on limited lines. Customers must wait for an SMS confirming that their order is ready.
“Unless it is essential, we ask customers to stay home and use our home delivery service.”
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