Hughes Electrical has announced it will be opening 12 of its largest stores from 15 June – initially trading from 9.00am to 5.30pm with them being closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.
The stores are in: Bury St Edmunds; Colchester; Diss; Great Yarmouth; King’s Lynn; Lowestoft; Martlesham; Norwich, Hall Road & Mason Road; Preston; Rayleigh and Redditch.
They have been chosen because they offer the largest amount of space to enable customers to browse safely and also are spread right across Hughes trading area to make them convenient to visit.
On entering the store customers will be required to use hand gel and there will be social distancing markers on the floor, with all items on display being regularly sanitised.
Said chairman Robert Hughes; “While web, trade and rental divisions have all been operating throughout the pandemic it is great to be able to start reopening our stores. All of them are large and offer a ‘click & collect’ service which will help customers avoid contact.
“We will be offering a delivery service, either to the doorstep or where necessary we will remove old equipment and install new but maintaining strict hygiene and distancing protocols. If anyone is wary about coming in to a store they can call on the telephone or use the website.
“Depending on demand we would hope to be able to open our smaller stores over the coming weeks but only when we feel it is safe for customers and staff. We will also constantly review the opening hours of the initial 12 stores opening on 15 June.
“Throughout the crisis we have been proud to continue to support our local communities, including hospitals and I would like to thank all the staff at Hughes who, through their tremendous efforts and dedication have made this possible.”