The UK Government has recently announced a tentative date of 15 June 2020 as the time when all non-essential retail stores can start to re-open. This of course is subject to change, depending on what happens between now and then.
We are monitoring the situation on a daily basis and will be taking a cautious approach to re-opening our Whitley Bay store.
As much as we miss being on the high street greatly, we need to ensure the safety of our staff and customers and so it is looking likely that we will introduce a phased opening of the shop again from early July. We hope you can understand why we are doing this, and that you will continue to support us as normal.
Coming out of lockdown for a business is a very important element of re-starting the UK economy and we are going to be implementing various measures in line with official guidelines. These include social distancing, a maximum number of people in the store at any time, a temporary closure of our fitting room, hand sanitiser facilities and regular cleaning schedules within the shop. We will also need to slightly change the way that we serve you in store and this means we will only be taking card payments, as well as some other subtle differences which we will let you know of in due course.
Our opening hours are going to be slightly different too, as the country gets back in the habit of shopping again.
Please note that for the time being 'Wish' orders and collections will continue to be suspended - this will change and we'll of course keep you posted. This does not affect any orders placed on our own website.
We will regularly post updates on our website and social media pages so please keep checking back for the latest.
THANK YOU to everyone who has been shopping local via our online store. Your support has been amazing through all of this and your loyalty means a lot to us. Hopefully it won't be long before we see you all face to face (although hugs will have to wait sadly).