This week marked the first exciting phase of our shop reopenings as lockdown measures begin to ease in the UK. Back in March, all 22 of our charity shops were closed in line with the UK Government's guidance, resulting in a loss of £800,000 for our charity!
On Monday 15 June 2020, we reopened the first nine of our stores. To celebrate we held a fabulous reopening ceremony at our Windsor stores on Peascod Street. Our CEO Debbie Raven was joined by the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead Sayonara Luxton and Windsor-based award-winning influencers Wegan to welcome back loyal customers.
The celebrations didn't end there, as on Thursday 18 June 2020 we reopened our shop in North Ascot after it underwent a fabulous new refit during closure. We were joined by the Mayor of Bracknell Forest Ash Merry, Mayoress Isabel Mattick and Ascot Councillor Dorothy Hayes - all three of which have been historically involved in our charity over the years.
A number of measures have been put in place to ensure all our shops are safe for customers, staff and volunteers to return:
- Each store has been deep cleaned and remerchandised
- Comprehensive social distancing measures are in place, including two metre floor markings, Perspex screens at the till area, provision of gloves for staff and volunteers as well as hand sanitisers
- The changing rooms will remain closed for the foreseeable future and customers will be encouraged to pay by card
- All donated stock will be quarantined for 72 hours before being placed on the shop floor for sale.
A further nine of our stores will be reopening on Monday 29 June 2020. Click here for more information.