Garden centre chain announces Lancashire branches will reopen this week

Two Lancashire branches of a national garden centre chain will reopen this week, it has been announced.

By Phil Cunnington
Tuesday, 12th May 2020, 3:45 pm

Following updated Covid-19 guidance from the Government that garden centres may open, Dobbies Garden Centres has announced it is to reopen its 54 English stores tomorrow, including the branch on Blackpool Road, Clifton, between Preston and Blackpool, and its site on Bentham's Way, Southport.

Social distancing measures have been implemented to allow the stores to operate safely. There will be a limited number of customers permitted in the store at one time. A queuing system will be in operation outside the store, with two metre markers in place to help maintain social distancing. Hand sanitising and trolley cleaning stations will be available at all store entrances.

Protective screens have been installed at tills and customers will be asked to pay with card or contactless, where possible. Appropriate PPE has been provided for team members, who will also receive training and regular briefings on how to keep themselves and customers safe. Rigorous daily hygiene routines will continue throughout the stores.

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The branch of Dobbies on Blackpool Road, Clifton. Along with the 53 other branches in the chain, it will reopen this week

Whilst the restaurants and soft plays will remain temporarily closed, Dobbies will offer a takeaway menu including hot and cold drinks, soups, toasties, panini and selected bakery items from Friday, May 15. Club Plus members will be able to redeem their hot drink credits and birthday treat vouchers.

Graeme Jenkins, CEO of Dobbies, said: “We have taken care to ensure we are following guidance provided by the Government, British Retail Consortium and Horticultural Trade Association to reopen responsibly.

“Our team is well prepared, social distancing measures are in place and we look forward to welcoming customers back into our store in Preston and across England.

“I would like to thank our team members and customers for their understanding during these uncertain times.”

For the full list of Dobbies stores visit