QD branch in Hadleigh re-opens as discount retail chain trials new in-store distancing measures
A discount retailer reopened its branch in Hadleigh this week, as the chain adopts in-store distancing regulations to allow it to continue trading.
The QD Store in Calais Street, which sells food, homewares, garden items, pet and convenience items, welcomed back customers on Wednesday, as part of the chain’s trial reopening period, after implementing measures to make sure shoppers are a safe distance apart.
Despite being classified as an essential retailer, QD shut its stores at the end of March, stating it wanted to ensure the wellbeing of staff and customers, but decided to reopen after studying how other chains have enacted social distancing regulations.
During the closure period, the Hadleigh store donated perishable goods to organisations such as Hadleigh Food Bank, Ferndell Housing, Canterbury Garden Care Home and Magdalen Care Home.
Kay Brown, manager at QD in Hadleigh, said: “All of the team here at QD are very excited to be back and serving our customers again. We are ensuring our shelves are fully stocked and looking forward to being able to supply our customers’ needs.
“However, for the safety of our customers and staff, we do ask you to bear with us if you have to queue, and obey the social distancing procedures we have in place, as we are limiting the number of customers in the shop at any one time.
“We are providing cleaning stations for our trolleys, encouraging contactless or card payments and asking customers to shop alone if at all possible.”
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