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Wickes Crawley to reopen next week

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After a successful trial opening of six of their stores, Wickes has announced it is to reopen the rest of their stores over the next two weeks.

Tomorrow, 14th May, 106 of their stores will open across the country with new social distancing measures put in place.

Crawley’s store will join the remaining 108 stores and reopen on Tuesday 19th May.

Wickes say they will limit the number of people in its stores at any one time, there will be clear signage and floor markers to ensure people remain two metres apart and perspex screens have been installed at the tills.

Sanitising stations will be made available for customer use, colleagues will be using PPE and the shops will only accept card and contactless payments.

David Wood, Wickes CEO, said:

“The safety of our colleagues and customers is always our absolute priority. In recent weeks we have taken time to review in great detail how to operate our stores safely in the wake of Covid-19 and we are confident we have put the right measures in place to achieve this. 

We have measured the customers’ experience in the Wickes trial stores, with 8 out of 10 describing their experience as ‘excellent’ with regard to feeling ‘safe and secure’. This positive customer feedback is only possible thanks to the hard work of our store colleagues. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of them for how they have responded to the challenges posed by the pandemic in shifting focus to successfully serve our customers through Click & Collect and home delivery.

We look forward to welcoming our customers back through our doors in the weeks ahead.” 

The opening hours of the stores will still be shorter than they were prior to temporary closures.

Store dependent, trading hours Monday to Saturday will start from either 6.00am or 7.00am, closing at 4.00pm or 5.00pm. Sunday trading hours remain 10.00am to 4.00pm.

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Cllr Brian Quinn and Crawley Mayor champion Broadfield Barton

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It is a welcome sight seeing stores opening across the town again, and none more so than in Broadfield Barton where the towns Mayor and Cllr Guidera met up with Broadfield Cllr Brian Quinn to champion the area.

Speaking about the visit Mayor Guidera said:

“I was delighted to be hosted today by almost certainly the most well-known councillor in Crawley, Broadfield Cllr Brian Quinn, for a tour of the local small businesses and charity shops at Broadfield Barton. Brian knew everybody (as I expected!) and it was a really enjoyable afternoon spent meeting the people who run the community shops that serve the residents of Broadfield so well.

One older resident stopped us and spoke about how one of the shops had been so helpful during the lockdown, going to great lengths to be able to provide fresh produce that, as we know was running out everywhere back then, so the community had what it needed over the past few, very difficult months. The friendly staff of the Santa Maria cafe, rightly proud of their fabulous Madeiran cooking, were so welcoming and having eaten there many times before I can say if you haven’t been there yet you are missing out!

They have plenty of outdoor seating too! The last place we visited was the newsagents, which is actually a fully stocked convenience store! Again, so welcoming with a great selection, even an American sweets and drinks area! Of course it’s important to mention both the relate charity shop and St Vincent’s do both raise money to serve the local community in their different capacities comma please remember them when you are done eating stuff if you live nearer to them they are very grateful for any support you offer in terms of bric-a-brac donations and clothing.

So, thank you Cllr Quinn, and thank you to all of the people who were so friendly and welcoming today, including the many residents who stopped us for photographs!”

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