So, stores are slowly starting to open and now Halfords have announced 53 stores will re-open fully with measures in place.
List of stores below
Edinburgh – Straiton
Leicester, St Margarets
Liverpool, Edge Lane
Halfords is to fully reopen 53 stores after a successful trial of physical-distancing measures on its shop floors.
The bike and car parts retailer said the reopenings follow successful tests at its Peterborough and Bristol Cribbs Causeway stores. It will be the first time Halfords customers will be allowed in store since the UK lockdown started on 23 March.
Among the sites reopening are Gloucester, Huddersfield, Inverness and North Shields. A number of the stores opened over the bank holiday weekend and all 53 will be open by Friday (Today 28th May)
The distancing measures being implemented include queueing marshals outside stores, “sneeze screens” for shoppers and staff, and customers being asked not to handle or try on products. The decision comes a day after the government said most non-essential retailers could reopen from 15 June.
“We are pleased to be in a position to start letting our customers back into our stores,” said Graham Stapleton, the chief executive of Halfords. “However, we are going to be reopening them to our customers gradually and cautiously in order to be absolutely certain that our colleagues and customers have a safe environment in which to work and shop.”
In March, bike shops were designated an essential service
under the government’s coronavirus control measures. Halfords has been operating 335 of its 446 retail shops under a “dark store” model during the lockdown, meaning customers have been unable to browse and instead have been placing orders with Halfords staff outside the front of the store.
“There has been a big surge in demand for our bike products and services
as people have taken to cycling during the lockdown, both for commuting and for fun,” Stapleton said. “We are anticipating a similar level of demand for our motoring products and services in the competing days, as people begin to use vehicles again that in some cases will have been off the road for many weeks.”
In addition to its retail stores, Halfords has 346 of its 373 garages, and 77 vans, operating under a contactless model.Source