DIY retailer B&Q has reopened 155 stores across the UK, meaning around half of its total number of branches are now open for business.
The hardware chain initially reopened 14 branches mid-April after watching “other essential retailers support social distancing measures”.
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Another 61 branches followed suit on April 22, with an additional 80 stores opening doors on April 23.
This takes the total number of open B&Q stores to 155.
B&Q closed all physical shops on March 25, and customers have only been able to use home delivery and click and collect services to buy goods.
The DIY chain, which has been classed as an "essential" retailer during the coronavirus crisis, confirmed its reopened stores will follow strict social distancing measures.
Full list of stores to reopen
- Barnsley (Dearne Valley)
- Birmingham – Erdington, Halesowen & Solihull
- Bognor Regis
- Bristol – Longwell Green & Hartcliffe
- Burton upon Trent
- Castleford (Glasshoughton)
- Coventry – Alvis Retail Park & Brandon Road
- Great Yarmouth
- High Wycombe
- Hull – Ferry Lane & St Andrews Quay
- Kings Lynn
- Leeds – Beeston Ring Road & Killingbeck
- Liverpool – Aintree & Liverpool Shopping Park
- London – Acton, Chiswick, Cricklewood, Croydon, Enfield, Greenwich, Leyton, New Malden, Peckham, Sutton & Yeading
- Manchester – Cheetham Hill & Trafford Park
- Milton Keynes
- Newcastle (Scotswood)
- Norwich Hall Road
- Nottingham– Eastwood, Netherfield & Riverside
- Preston (Bamber Bridge)
- Romford – Roneo Corner & Tangent Link
- Sheffield (Queens Road)
- Southampton – Hedge End & Nursling
- Stockton on Tees
- Stoke-On-Trent (Meir Park)
- Sutton in Ashfield
- Tunbridge Wells
- Tyne & Wear – North Shields & Washington
- West Thurrock
- York – Clifton Moor & Hull Road
- Belfast (Holywood Exchange)
- Lisburn (Sprucefield)
- Aberdeen – Bridge Of Don & Garthdee Road
- East Kilbride
- Edinburgh – Hermiston Gait & Newcraighall
- Glasgow – Darnley, Great Western Rd & Parkhead
- Cardiff – Cardiff Gate & Culverhouse Cross
- Merthyr Tydfil
This includes two metre floor markers throughout shops and perspex screens at checkouts.
Customers may also have to queue to get into stores, with shops limiting the number of shoppers allowed in at one time.
In stores that have already reopened, customers have only been able to buy products that are available to take away on the day.
The retailer has temporarily stopped services such as kitchen and bathroom design, paint mixing, timber cutting and key cutting.
It has also only been accepting card and contactless payments.
Core opening times in reopened stores are from 8am until 5pm, although operating hours may vary between branches.
Shoppers should use the online store finder tool, or call ahead, before making the journey.
B&Q has almost 300 stores in the UK.
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A B&Q spokesperson said: "As an essential retailer, we’re committed to providing the best possible service to support customers’ home improvement needs at this difficult time, while keeping customers and colleagues safe.
"Having watched other essential retailers support social distancing in their stores, we are now following their best practice and are re-opening some stores with strict social distancing measures in place.
"Similar to shopping at a supermarket, we’re strictly limiting the number of customers in store at any one time, and so customers are typically queueing before entering stores.
"All stores have a designated queuing area outside and these have two metre markers to help remind everyone to respect each other’s personal space."
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