With the new national lockdown set to begin tomorrow, retailer Wilko has today announced what will happen with its stores – and it’s good news for shoppers.
All Wilko stores will remain open across England during its second lockdown, which is scheduled to run until December 2.
Having been named an essential retailer by the Government during the first lockdown, Wilko stores across England have been and will continue to be open.
Key ranges in store include baby care, cleaning, hardware and DIY, health and personal care, household and pet care products.
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For non-essential items, such as Christmas gifting, decorations and preparation, decorating, entertaining, furniture and hobbies, the retailer, which was founded in Leicester in 1930, is recommending shoppers visit the website, which offers home delivery nationwide.
To protect team members and customers, a spokesperson for the company said, Wilko has introduced and maintained an eight-point safety plan which includes enhanced cleaning, physical distancing via measures including protective screens and floor markings and store marshals and encouraging contactless payments.
Jerome Saint-Marc, Wilko chief executive officer, said: “Not everyone has a large supermarket nearby to get the non-food essentials they need for their family. With 17 million people living within 2km of a Wilko store we can help fulfil this need.”
He said the eight-point safety plan included limiting the number of people in each store at any one time.
“This may mean that sometimes, customers may experience a short wait and we thank them for their patience,” Mr Saint-Marc said, adding: “I’d like to express my sincere thanks to our loyal and hard-working team members who are continuing to do their very best to make sure families across the UK have access to the household essentials they need despite the difficult circumstances of the second lockdown.”