Manchester Arndale and the Trafford Centre will be gearing up to reopen ‘non-essential’ retail outlets in line with government permittance next month, but some stores are already open.
As per the guidelines initially set out by the government when UK lockdown was announced on 23rd March, all ‘non-essential’ retailers closed their doors to the public until further notice with immediate effect, which greatly impacted Manchester Arndale and the Trafford Centre.
Two of the UK’s largest shopping centres may not have been at the top of your list of places to grab your essentials from over these past weeks, but some outlets within the malls have remained open.
With further information regarding the reopening of ‘non-essential’ retailers from 15th June soon set to be released the two shopping centres, here is the current list of shops which have been permitted to remain open to serve the people of Greater Manchester.
Manchester Arndale is partially open to essential outlets.
At present, the majority of outlets considered ‘non-essential’ remain closed to the public until further notice and the centre has not yet released any official information to suggest when they will reopen.
A statement on the Manchetser Arndale website reads: “Manchester Arndale sits at the heart of the city and provides access to vital services such as pharmacies, supermarkets and banks. As many of these essential services can only be reached through the centre, we will ensure all our visitors are able to access them whilst supporting those retailers who need to stay open.”
“A small number of our team will be on hand to make sure the centre remains a clean and safe place to visit.”
“We would like to thank our fantastic team who are working very hard in very challenging circumstances, to support our retailers, serve our communities and take care of one another. Our thoughts are with everyone during this difficult time.”
The list of shops currently open in Manchester Arndale are:
- Boots (access via Cross Street entrance ONLY)
- Holland & Barrett
- Specsavers (emergency appointments)
- NatWest (Monday – Friday)
- TSB (Monday – Friday)
- Metrobank (Monday – Friday)
- Archie’s (takeaway & collection ONLY)
The Food Court is currently closed to the public until further notice.
Opening times may vary, so it’s advised to check with each individual outlet before making any trips.
All stores on New Cathedral Street are also closed until further notice too, but access to the M&S car park does remain open for essential shopping from the M&S Foodhall.
For more information, please refer to the Manchester Arndale website here.
The Trafford Centre is also partially open to essential retailers.
Mirroring that of Manchester Arndale, the majority of outlets considered ‘non-essential’ in the centre remain closed to the public until further notice, but plans for reopening and the safety / necessary social distancing measures which are set to be put in place have now been revealed.
Speaking to the MEN on plans to reopen to ‘non-essential’ retailers in due course, a spokesperson for the Trafford Centre revealed that: “We’re doing everything we can to make sure intu Trafford Centre is a safe place to visit and work.”
“We have and will continue to following the government guidelines carefully, and have a specialist task force with some of the best brains in the business working together to create detailed and adaptable plans to support the gradual re-opening of the centre as and when the time is right.”
They continued: “Until we hear more from the government on how they intend to relax the current lockdown, we can’t provide more details on our specific plans. However please be reassured that we’ve looked at every element of what we need to do to open our centres as safely as possible.”
The list of shops currently open at the Trafford Centre are:
- M&S Foodhall (Monday – Friday 10am-7pm, Saturday 9am-7pm and Sunday 12pm-6pm)
- Holland & Barrett (Monday – Friday 10am-10pm, Saturday 10am-8pm and Sunday 12pm-6pm)
- Vision Express (Tuesday – Saturday 10am-5pm by appointment ONLY for urgent eyecare)
- Five Guys (Wednesday – Sunday 12pm-9pm for Click & Collect orders and Deliveroo ONLY. When collecting orders, please access Five Guys via the external entrance next to The Great Hall main entrance)
For information regarding parking at the Trafford Centre, please refer to the website here.
Also speaking to the MEN about the safety measures that the Trafford Centre will be putting in place upon reopening, Matthew Roberts, Chief Executive of intu, said that: “Experts from across intu have formed a specialist taskforce who have considered everything we need to run intu Trafford Centre and our others centres as safely as possible, with a series of central, common principles for the portfolio and individual plans for each centre.”
“We have introduced enhanced cleaning regimes and hand sanitation stands throughout every centre, measures to limit the number of visitors and ensure they stay socially distanced once inside, and given our staff the protective equipment they need to stay safe.”
“We know we cannot do this alone and everyone who visits our centres whether for work or to shop will play their part in keeping themselves and each other safe by following the official guidelines, and the instructions and safety information provided by our teams.”
“Our teams have been working incredibly hard to keep our centres clean and safe during the lockdown and we are hugely grateful to them”.
“We would also like to thank our brand customers and visitors for all their cooperation and patience so far”.
You can check the Trafford Centre website here for more information.