Back to the Future?
For the first time since we threw open the (barn) doors of the Long Preston store in the early 1980’s we have had no Rohan Shops open over the past few months.
As we get the go ahead to start the reopening of our Retail Estate we have put in place plans to ensure that when we do reopen the stores, we do so with the safety of our store teams and our customers very much front and centre.
You will notice many changes on your return to the stores, with changing rooms closed, social distancing measures marked clearly throughout the shop floor and cleaning and hygiene processes in place.
Though rest assured we are not returning to the store presentation of those very earliest days in LP – no garments on the shop floor!!!
Even with all those plans in place, we need to ensure that the processes we have set up are working, and the workspaces are safe for our staff – so we will not be throwing open our doors on the first day we are allowed to open them by the various authorities around the UK – that would not be the right thing for us to do.
So the plan is to open a handful of stores in the first week, learn from that experience and then open a handful more the week after that. From that point onwards we feel we can then start to open more stores per week with the plan to fully open across the entire estate by the 23rd of July.
Each week that we open each store we will be in working and setting up from the Monday, and ready to open our doors on the Thursday of that week. We will also be running reduced opening hours, and a reduced number of trading days per week.
Stores will either open Wednesday though Sunday or Tuesday through Saturday and will be open for customers from 10am through to 5pm – thus giving the store dedicated time to deep clean prior to opening the doors and after doors close each day. We will of course be keeping the stores cleaned down throughout the day also.
Having said all of the above, and set out the timetable for store reopening as listed below I must add a very important proviso – this timetable is accurate as of today. The fact remains that national governments will dictate the dates for store openings, and there may well be situations where local conditions require stores to close.
Should the reopening programme go well we may bring forward some of the store openings, should we find challenges either locally or nationally these dates may be pushed back. The best guide to store opening times is always through our website which is updated on a daily basis and has the most accurate opening times for the stores.
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