The Royal Exchange prepares to welcome back retail next week

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The Royal Exchange is preparing to welcome back its shops, cafes and restaurants later this month.

Non-essential premises are permitted to trade again from 15 June, and many businesses at The Royal Exchange are planning to reopen at the earliest opportunity.

Scribbler, Jenny Jones Jewellery, Swiss Watch Shop, Nigel Rayment boutique, Designer Exchange, Amaranth natural health & beauty, The Body Shop, The Whisky Store, Fjallraven and Yards Store have all signalled their intentions to resume service on Monday.

Moss Bros is planning to open back up on 17 June.

All stores will be implementing social distancing measures, floor markings, signage, Perspex screens and hand sanitisers for the safety of customers and staff. 

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Cafes and restaurants at The Royal Exchange, meanwhile, have started running takeaway and delivery services – hoping to reopen fully when the government guidelines are updated.

Michael’s coffeehouse in the Arcade will be offering drinks to go, whilst Vertigo plant-based eatery and TGI Fridays are currently working with delivery partners.

The Remedy Kitchen is already open for collection and Meal Plans.

The Royal Exchange, which is home to a range of businesses and services including the Manchester coroner’s court, will also implement its own safety protocols to help protect visitors.

Tim White, Building Manager said: “We are looking forward to welcoming our shops and their customers back to The Royal Exchange Manchester.

“In addition to the shops’ own social distancing measures we will have hand sanitising stations and signage at both entrances of our Arcade, as well as signage along the floor.”

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