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Crawley Council prepares town centre for shops reopening

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Following the government’s announcement that non-essential retail can reopen on Monday (15 June), the council is attempting to make the town safe for the return of shoppers.

The council will be installing signage and floor vinyls across the town centre to remind visitors to:

·       Follow social distancing guidelines

·       Pay by contactless where possible

·       Follow directional signage

·       Wear face coverings when social distancing isn’t possible

·       Be considerate and give way where paths are narrow.

Retailers will be responsible for their own signage and queuing systems within and outside their shops. To control the spread of infection, it is vital for businesses that choose to open to follow strict social distancing and hygiene measures.

Councillor Peter Lamb, Leader of Crawley Borough Council, said:
“Ultimately, there is no action the council can take which will guarantee people’s safety.

“The only thing which will limit the spread of Covid-19 is for everyone to keep their time spent away from home to an absolute minimum and maintain social distancing when away from home at all times.”

The council will continue to assess how the government’s lockdown policies impact upon local business over the coming weeks and months, providing support where possible.

To date, the council has paid out £11.91m to 822 businesses in Small Business Grants and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grants and is open to applications for Discretionary Business Grants from micro and small businesses until Sunday evening (14 June).

For more information and to apply for a Discretionary Business Grant visit https://bit.ly/cbcdiscretionarygrant

For information on how coronavirus is affecting council services visit crawley.gov.uk/coronavirus

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Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park

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Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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