Halfords to reopen 53 stores for the first time since lockdown as bosses expect a surge in customers wanting to drive


HALFORDS plans to reopen 53 stores to customers for the first time since coronavirus lockdown.

The retailer said it’s expecting a surge in customers wanting to get behind the wheel of cars that have been unused for several weeks.

Halfords plans to reopen 53 stores across the UK

Halfords has been allowed to remain open throughout lockdown but shut stores and operated online and from store car parks instead.

But following successful reopening trials at its Peterborough and Bristol Cribbs Causeway stores, it’s now welcoming back customers.

Of the 53 branches, 49 have reopened already with another four set to open their doors again this week. We’ve listed the locations below.

Halfords has 446 retail stores, 373 garages and 77 vans across the UK.

In order to keep staff and customers safe, the retailer has introduced a number of social distancing measures, including limits on the number of customers allowed in the store at any one time.

There’ll also be safety notices and floor markings to remind customers about social distancing, as well as queue marshalls outside the shops.

Plus, shoppers will be asked not to handle or try on products.

Graham Stapleton, chief executive of Halfords, said: “We are pleased to be in a position to start letting our customers back into our stores.

“However, we are going to be reopening them to our customers gradually and cautiously in order to be absolutely certain that our colleagues and customers have a safe environment in which to work and shop.

“There has been a big surge in demand for our bike products and services as people have taken to cycling during the lockdown, both for commuting and for fun.

“We are also anticipating a similar level of demand for our motoring products and services in the coming days, as people begin to use vehicles again that in some cases will have been off the road for many weeks.”

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