Shoppers can look forward to more stores across the UK opening their doors again this month, with Debenhams set to reopen a number of its sites on 15 June.
The department store has announced plans to reopen more than 50 stores in mid-June, after the government announced non-essential retailers can start trading again.
Will all Debenhams stores reopen?
A total of 50 Debenhams stores in England will reopen on 15 June, while one site in Northern Ireland is to be reopened on 8 June.
The 16 stores in Scotland and eight in Wales will reopen once government restrictions allow, Debenhams has said.
The retailers confirmed that it plans to reopen at least 120 of its UK stores eventually, although 22 of its 142 chains will remain closed for good.
Which stores are reopening?
This is the full list of Debenhams stores that will reopen this month:
Stores reopening in Northern Ireland on 8 June:
- Belfast Newry Rushmere
Stores reopening in England on 15 June:
- Bury St Edmunds
- Westwood Cross
- York Monks Cross
What safety measures will be in place?
A number of safety measures will be in place once Debenhams reopens to customers later this month.
The retailer has said stores will reopen with strict social distancing and hygiene procedures in place, while perspex screens will be installed at tills, and all staff will be given personal protective equipment to wear.
Stores will also reopen with reduced hours, although timings will vary by store. Shoppers should check online for the opening hours of their local branch before visiting.
In-store cafes will also remain closed once sites reopen. It has not yet been confirmed if this is a temporary or permanent measure.
While the government is permitting non-essential shops to reopen from 15 June, cafes, pubs and restaurants must remain closed to customers until at least 4 July under lockdown rules.
Shoppers can also continue to shop online at Debenhams as normal, with delivery costs priced from £3.49 on orders less than £50. Orders that exceed £50 will be granted free delivery.
Debenhams will also have free click and collect service, along with free returns, at its newly reopened stores.
Will any other stores reopen?
Non-essential retailers, including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, will be allowed to reopen to customers from 15 June.
Several high street retailers and department stores, alongside Debenhams, have already announced plans to reopen from this date, with new safety measures in place.
John Lewis is planning a phased reopening, starting with two in Pool and Kingston on 15 June. This will be followed by a further 11 on 18 June.
High street retailer Next plans to reopen 25 stores on 15 June, starting with its largest shops that can most easily facilitate social distancing, while Primark will reopen all 153 of its stores in England.
The Arcadia Group, which includes Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Dorothy Perkins and Burton, will also reopen all of its clothes shops to customers on 15 June.
Here’s the full list of retailers that will be allowed to open from 15 June:
- Food retailers
- Hardware/homeware stores
- Fashion shops
- Charity shops
- Betting shops and arcades
- Tailors, dress fitters and fashion designers
- Car dealerships
- Auction houses
- Antique stores
- Retail art galleries
- Photography studios
- Gift shops and retail spaces in theatres, museums, libraries, heritage sites and tourism sites
- Mobile phone stores
- Indoor and outdoor markets
- Craft fairs
- Similar types of retail