ARGOS has revealed plans to reopen 140 standalone stores from June 15.
The retailer, which specialises in homewares, electronics and toys, says it wants a slow reopening process as shops readjust to the new social distancing restrictions.
To begin with, the reopened shops will only carry out collections and returns.
We've asked Argos for a full list of stores and their opening hours and we'll update this story as soon as we get a response.
But the retailer told us it's picked these particular locations as it knows there's a demand for physical collection points.
Argos closed its 700 standalone stores when Boris Johnson told non-essential retailers and services to close from March 23.
What shops or premises must remain closed?
THE following outlets must remain closed until at least June 15:
- Non-essential shops, including electronics and clothing stores
And these outlets have to stay closed until at least July 4:
- Hairdressers and nail salons
- Youth centres, libraries and community centres
- Hotels, B&Bs, hostels – unless key workers or permanent residents are staying there
But while Argos standalone stores are shut, Argos concessions within Sainsbury’s supermarkets have remained open during lockdown for the collection of online orders.
The controversial decision led to fury from workers who said the firm was "putting their health at risk" to sell paddling pools, sand bags and BBQs.
Argos says shoppers should only pick up items from its concessions if they're planning a Sainsbury's food or essentials shop at the same time.
It adds that it will take what it's learned from concessions and apply this to its standalone stores in order to keep both staff and customers safe when they reopen.
The retailer is also also looking into introducing Perspex screens in reopened branches.
A Sainsbury’s spokesperson said: “We are looking at what the government’s announcement around non-essential retailers possibly being able to open from June 15 in England means for our business.
“To ensure we get this right, we are preparing to open a first phase of around 140 standalone Argos stores to customers for collections and returns.
"Our colleagues will be working hard over the coming weeks to make sure robust social distancing and safety measures are in place.
“We will keep our customers and colleagues updated and we are watching what the Government says closely.”
Lockdown restrictions have gradually been easing with garden centres and homeware stores allowed to reopen over the past few weeks, and outdoor markets and car showrooms allowed to reopen from this week.
Non-essential retailers, such as clothes shops, will be allowed to reopen from June 15 – although they have been allowed to continue trading online throughout the coronavirus crisis.
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