RETAIL REOPENS: Shops across Wales open up after government go-ahead

Shops across Wales have opened back up this morning after the Welsh Assembly confirmed they can do so, given social distancing guidelines could be followed.

Retailers explained how shops will look a lot different as they make it work to keep customers and staff safe and shopping at a social distance.

Last week, non-essential stores in England were also allowed to re-open and the public were keen to get out and spend with queues seen up and down the country on a number of high streets.

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Welsh retailers will be hoping for similar demand as they look to bounce back from time lost in lockdown.

The Welsh Retail Consortium echoed this sentiment explaining how the shops were “in a fight for survival.”

Speaking to BBC Radio 4, Sara Jones of the WRC said lockdown had cost non-food stores £1.7bn a week during April and May.

She outlined how the sector’s sales “expected to remain weak” and many would not reopen their doors.

Jones said: “We just implore that people are considerate to fellow shoppers and people working in store. It’s going to be quite a mixed picture but the most important thing for us is that we have the opportunity to open now.”

Adding that non-essential shops had been under “a huge amount of pressure” and their survival was on “a wafer thin-edge.”

“And we’ll be doing all we can to encourage consumers back into shops safely and hope that confidence can grow in consumers to come back into store,” she commented.

Jones also outlined how an initial surge of shoppers doesn’t mean they would stay.

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