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Retailer QD to re-open Wisbech store tomorrow

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A discount retailer has announced it will re-open its Wisbech store tomorrow.

QD closed its premises in Market Place in late March, despite being classed as an essential retailer, amid concerns over staff and customer safety during the coronavirus lockdown.

But the site is one of 10 stores nationally that will resume trading on Wednesday, following an earlier re-opening of other stores.

QD is reopening (37117922)
QD is reopening (37117922)

Group operations director Karl Ottolangui, said: “We are delighted to be able to reopen more shops on Wednesday and to welcome our customers back.

"Over the past few weeks, we have been gradually re-opening stores to gauge demand and to ensure that we are creating a safe environment that our customers feel confident to shop in.

“We have had very encouraging feedback from our customers and from our staff, and we can’t wait to reopen the remaining outlets.

“Our teams have been working extremely hard with our suppliers to source stock from all over the world and to get it distributed to each store. Our in-store teams, meanwhile have been ensuring that the shelves are ready for our returning customers.”

During the lockdown period, the QD branches in Wisbech and King's Lynn, which also re-opens tomorrow, donated perishable items to good causes including the 50 Backpacks homeless charity in Wisbech and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

Wisbech store manager Suzanne Clingo said: “It is wonderful to be able to see and serve our customers again. We have everything in place to ensure that customers will be able to shop in a safe environment and they will receive a warm welcome from all of us.

“We will be asking everyone to bear with us if they have to queue, and to obey the social distancing procedures we have in place, as we are limiting the number of customers in the store at any one time.

"There are cleaning stations for our trolleys, we’re encouraging contactless or card payments and asking customers to shop alone if at all possible.”

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