Homebase has today announced that it will reopen 50 additional stores across the UK, following a successful trial period in 20 of its branches.
In a newsletter issued this morning, CEO Dan McGloughlin explained that certain stores will be reopened for customers to browse and shop, but strict controls have been put in place to ensure shopping is safe for everyone.
In March, Homebase was classified as an essential retailer by the Government, but senior leaders of the company decided that it would operate online only in a move to protect both its customers and teams.
The reopening follows an announcement from DIY retailer B&Q last week, which stated that it will reopen 155 of its stores following a successful trial period at 14 shops. Home improvement retailer Wickes also announced today that it will reopen six stores as part of a trial run, with strict new social distancing measures in place designed to protect colleagues and customers.
McGloughlin commented ‘It has taken a tremendous amount of hard work and commitment from our teams across all parts of the business, to ensure we are ready to safely welcome customers back through our doors.’
‘I'm extremely grateful for the dedication shown by every single team member, and to our customers, for the huge support and understanding’ he added.