Today, The Original Factory Shop announces that it will re-open 125 stores across England and Northern Ireland as the government eases lockdown restrictions on non-essential retailers.
The retailer’s seven stores in Northern Ireland will start to re-open on Friday 12th June, while its 118 stores in England will re-open on Monday 15th June.
The safety and wellbeing of The Original Factory Shop’s colleagues, customers and communities remains paramount and all stores will re-open in line with government guidelines. Across all stores, social distancing and up-weighted safety measures have been put in place. This full list of measures includes:
– Two metre social distancing markings
– Basket sanitisation stations
– Protective screens at checkouts
– Limited number of customers allow in stores at any time
– Customers are recommended to make contactless card payments – and the limit has been increased to £45
– All colleagues have been supplied with face visors, masks and gloves
Following the government’s decision to close all non-essential stores on 23rd March, The Original Factory Shop closed the doors of its 167 stores nationwide. Since closure it has been working tirelessly to prepare stores for re-opening and also supported its local communities by donating products to a number of local care homes, foodbanks and charities.
Emma Fox, CEO of The Original Factory Shop, comments: “For the last 50 years, our shops have sat in the heart of local communities and we are delighted to be re-opening our stores in England and Northern Ireland. We have continued to monitor the situation, staying close to the government guidelines, and all stores are reopening with changes to ensure everyone feels safe while visiting us.
“I’d like to thank all colleagues for their patience and support as we continue to navigate through these unprecedented times and look forward to welcoming our loyal customers back into stores.”
For a more information on the measures implemented and a full list of stores which will re-open, customers are advised to visit The Original Factory Shop’s website here: https://www.tofs.com/information/