‘Retail not essential? Try telling that to reopening day shoppers’

John Lewis Oxford Street with shoppers wearing Covid masks carrying shopping bags

There was a joyful sense of release on Monday when, after three months of lockdown darkness, so-called non-essential shops reopened.

The Retail Week team was out on the ground to gauge reaction in Bluewater, London’s West End and York, and it was clear everywhere that people embraced the chance to visit stores again and enjoy outside eating and drinking.


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