Uckfield shoppers were courteous and thoughtful yesterday as they were welcomed by businesses which reopened after being locked down for three months.
They stood aside for each other, sanitised their hands, followed new routes around stores, and queued patiently to approach check-outs where new screens protected customers and staff.
See some of the traders, all smiles, outside their shops below.
More shops open tomorrow – W E Clark & Son jewellers will be pleased to see you, and the Lions Bookshop in Olives Yard opens too.
Julie Hobbs, who owns PipeDreams with her husband David, said she was very pleased that customers were coming in and buying goods. “They came in to support us,” she said. “And we are very grateful to them.”
Julie even had a chat with Jeremy Vine on his BBC Radio 2 show and was delighted when, at the end of the day, a customer phoned to say she had heard the interview and wanted to say well done and wish the shop success.
“So, a big shout out to our customers. Thank you. Keep shopping,” said Julie.
At Cole’s Menswear there’s a sale with 20% off all stock, shirts, shorts, trousers, jackets, shoes – “everything”, said Derek Foster.
There’s a warm welcome at the door at Carvills where staff wear face shields as they help customers.
Appointments can be made to visit the fabric and blind showroom which can be accessed through a side door away avoiding the rest of the shop.
Final Score sports shop was due to close and had started a closing down sale before lockdown, but owner Stephen Holliday said it was now off the market and he has restocked. “We’ll see where we are in six months time,” he said.
Normally at this time of year cricket would feature large in purchases but at the moment none is being played.
However tennis rackets are selling well, and garden games, such as Frisbees and badminton sets are proving popular.
Josefina opened yesterday to start a sale and have a “mega clear out” of the shop ready for it to be refurbished.
Owner Louise Beard says the shop will eventually close again for the work to be done but she is looking forward to completing the new look.
SG Home Interiors
If you need garden furniture, or are considering a new kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom, then SG Home Interiors will be able to help. Just pop in to seek help with your planning and to see the furniture on display.
Diane Hutt Gallery
Diane Hutt has given her shop a spring clean during the lockdown. She’s painted, varnished, laid new carpet, and reorganised her stock room.
Now she’s getting ready for a sale to begin on Friday where there will be up to 50% off many artworks.
There’s new stock too, look out for Phillip Grey seascapes and landscapes, and cityscapes from Henderson Cisz.
Kamsons Health & Beauty
Kamsons Health & Beauty reopened yesterday and was pleased to be welcoming customers again.
Sew n Sew
Sew n Sew has been delivering goods to order through lockdown but opened again on Sunday.
Dawn Coppins was pleased to see customers in the store again where there are plenty of materials for crafts, sewing and knitting and lots of fabric to choose from too.
Fabric face masks are for sale there too.
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