FOR the first time in six weeks retailers across the city and county are preparing to open their doors to the public as the country eases out of the latest level five lockdown.
Managing director of The Book Centre, Maeve Ryan said the past six weeks have been a “real challenge” for the John Roberts Square business, and she couldn’t thank customers enough.
“All the local support has been invaluable to us and our team who have been delighted to keep working to fulfil all their orders behind closed doors,” she said. The team are “beyond excited” to reopen their doors again tomorrow (Tuesday) morning, and have been preparing and cleaning in anticipation.
Looking ahead, Maeve said, “The next three weeks are vital for us in The Book Centre, these are the key weeks for every local retailer, and we ask that people continue to support Waterford and shop local this Christmas.”
“We also ask if customers can please be patient as we will be limited to the amount of people we can allow in our shop, and we will be cleaning constantly, so everyone will need to be a little patient. We will be doing our best.”
Like other retailers, The Book Centre will be extending their opening hours to allow their customers to enjoy their shopping experience.
The team at Shaws Department Store are also delighted to reopen after a “long six weeks”. A spokesperson said, “Our stores will be fully set up with hand sanitising stations, safety screens and we will continue to limit the number of customers entering the store. We would like to reassure our customers that we have plenty of stock and our shelves will be replenished daily during our reopening flash sale.”
During lockdown staff busied themselves by participating in the Shaws Winter Walk for CHF Crumlin. Management would like to say thank you and well done to all staff members.
Meanwhile, huge queues are expected to build in the city centre once more with the reopening of Penneys, which has extended its operation hours until 10pm.
On the other hand publicans, especially traditional drinks only ones, have been left bitterly disappointed with the return to level three restrictions.
General Manager of The Reg, Donal O’Brien said, “Friday’s announcement, although expected, was another disappointing blow to the traditional drinks-only pubs of Waterford. Catching up in your local is particularly synonymous with Christmas time.”
Thankfully, due to their extensive food offering, The Reg will open from lunchtime this coming Friday. For the others that cannot, Donal said, “The best way we can support the pubs not permitted to open is to continue to operate safely and strictly within the guidelines and I would encourage all our colleagues in the industry and our customers to do the same.”
The Reg will be open seven days a week and the size of our premises, which includes The Reg, Suas Restaurant and Terrace, Shush and their “work in progress” Sports Bar, means they can accommodate many bookings safely. Contact us on [email protected] with details.