Leicester’s Highcross shopping centre has confirmed that it will reopen next week, when the national lockdown comes to an end.
The shopping centre will be open from Wednesday, December 2, and it is also extending its opening hours throughout December.
Stores will not all have the same opening hours, so customers are advised to check Highcross Leicester’s website if they want to know the opening hours of a specific brand.
As Leicester is in Tier 3, and in line with the latest Government guidance, food and drink operators in Highcross will only be able to offer takeaway and delivery services.
According to Highcross, safety remains its number one priority, and the measures introduced earlier in the year remain in place. These include:
· One-way system to help customers safely navigate the centre
· Face coverings are mandatory throughout the centre, unless you are exempt
· Clear signage throughout the destination reminding customers of the need to follow social distancing guidance, and to avoid shopping in large groups
· Enhanced cleaning processes, with a clear focus on key customer touch points
· Fixed hand sanitiser stations throughout the destination
· Customers are encouraged to use contactless payment with retailers for transactions
Highcross Leicester will also continue to monitor footfall, to make sure everyone can social distance easily. That might mean that customers have to queue outside the centre and individual stores during busy times, and as many of us are a bit behind on our Christmas shopping this year, customers are advised to try to visit outside peak times when they can.
At Highcross, the best times to visit outside peak hours are usually weekdays before 11.30am and after 4.30pm.
Customers can also use Highcross Leicester’s ‘crowd checker’ feature on its website to plan their visit. Crowd checker provides shoppers with live updates on how popular the centre is in real time, to help them beat the crowds.
Jo Tallack, general manager at Highcross Leicester, said: “We all know that Christmas this year is going to be different, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be special. If we all follow the safety guidance and act responsibly, we can still make this Christmas one to remember.
“Here at Highcross Leicester we’re working hard to get everything ready, and we can’t wait to welcome you back.”
Here are the festive opening hours:
Wednesday, December 2 9.30am-8pm
Thursday, December 3 9.30am-8pm
Friday, December 4 9.30am-8pm
Saturday, December 5 9am-7pm
Sunday, December 6 11am-5pm
Monday, December 7 9.30am-8pm
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Tuesday, December 8 9.30am-8pm
Wednesday, December 9 9.30am-8pm
Thursday, December 10 9.30am-8pm
Friday, December 11 9.30am-8pm
Saturday, December 12 9am-7pm
Sunday, December 13 11am-5pm
Monday, December 14 9.30am-8pm
Tuesday, December 15 9.30am-8pm
Wednesday, December 16 9.30am-8pm
Thursday, December 17 9.30am-8pm
Friday, December 18 9.30am-8pm
Saturday, December 19 9am-7pm
Sunday, December 20 11am-5pm
Monday, December 21 9am-9pm
Tuesday, December 22 9am-9pm
Wednesday, December 23 9am-9pm
Thursday, December 24 9am-5pm
Friday, December 25 Closed
Saturday, December 26 9am-7pm
Sunday, December 27 11am-5pm
Monday, December 28 9am-7pm
Tuesday, December 29 9am-8pm
Wednesday, December 30 9am-8pm
Thursday, December 31 9am-5pm
Friday, January 1 Closed
Saturday, January 2 9am-7pm
Sunday, January 3 11am-5pm
Monday, January 4 9.30am-8pm