John Lewis unveils ‘gradual’ phased reopening plans

John Lewis shop reopening preparations

John Lewis has unveiled its plans for a “gradual” reopening beginning with two stores on June 15, with customer and staff response to social distancing to be taken into account ahead of further openings during the summer.

The retailer said it would open two of its stores on June 15 – Poole in Hampshire and Kingston upon Thames – before opening a further 11 on June 18.

Over the bank holiday weekend, the prime minister said that all non-essential retailers could reopen stores from June 15, having originally outlined a June 1 date.

John Lewis said it would then take into account both its customer and staff responses to its “new ways of operating with respect to social distancing”, before opening further department stores.

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