On Saturday 25th April, Homebase says it will be trialling the opening of 20 stores, with strict controls in place to ensure shopping is safe for everyone. It follows in the footsteps of rival B&Q, which has reopened over 150 sites.
CEO Damian McGloughlin writes, "In March, Homebase was classified as an essential retailer by the Government, meaning that our stores could continue trading. However, with the safety of our customers and teams as our first priority, we took the decision to temporarily close our stores and operate online only.
"We have taken this time to carefully review and make a large number of changes to our operations in preparation for a safe, phased reopening, in line with Government guidance on social distancing."