Back to school and Ikea as United Kingdom lockdown eases

Cheryl Sanders
June 2, 2020

The store re-opened at 10am this morning but the auto park is now completely full.

A post on the Burghfield Community website said: "We've been asked to let you know that IKEA Reading has queues of at least 2hrs, that isn't even including the time to get into the auto park, further to this they don't have anything in place for key workers". No, lockdown isn't over, but it's the next best thing: Ikea is open. Yay!

A large queue of people has been formed outside the store with people mainly sticking to social distancing guidelines. Massive lines of individuals might likewise be seen snaking around the parking lot at the Swedish furniture giant's branches in Wednesbury, WestMidlands Some excited buyers had actually been queuing from as very early as 5.30 am - over 4 hrs prior to the store was because of open up at 10 am today.

Safety measures introduced by Ikea include ‘social distancing wardens
Safety measures introduced by Ikea include ‘social distancing wardens

"Everything seems to have gone up in price online and you can't beat Ikea for a good bargain".

Phillip Walker, from Nottingham, says he waited over an hour to get into his local store - queuing from 8.30am to bag some of their famous meatballs.

The 29-year-old said: "I brought along a camping chair as I thought everybody would be flocking here today".

'I saw what other stores and fast food places have been like and knew it would be chaos.

"But it's been orderly chaos so far, I'm not sure if that's all going to change once I get inside". 'It's taken more than a hr to come up to the front of the line up.

Stores in Ontario and Montreal opened their doors again on May 26, and were immediately slammed with huge lines both inside and outside.

While it will be Thursday before the Executive will take the final decision on whether furniture retailers can reopen across the north from Monday, retail experts have said that Ikea's extensive homeware and office supply sections permit it to trade under the legal regulations introduced by Stormont on March 28. My room is empty because I did it up a few months ago and it is just a big space ready for it to go in'.

"As we reopen our store locations, our top priority continues to be the health and safety of our co-workers, customers and communities", explained CEO Michael Ward.

Customers have now been asked to shop alone, use hand sanitisers dotted around the store and be prepared with ready-made lists and their own bags.

"What could want so urgently from Ikea people really need to get a life", another spat.

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