THE Kingfisher Shopping Centre is expecting more businesses to stay open during the second national lockdown because of the click-and-collect rule.
Unlike the first lockdown in March, new government rules state that non-essential shops can stay open if they offer a click-and-collect service.
They are also permitted to stay open for deliveries.
In the first lockdown only 18 businesses out of the 130 in the Kingfisher didn’t close their doors.
“We’re anticipating there will be more open this time around,” said Kingfisher general manager Ken Williams.
“We will keep our consumers updated via our website.”
When asked if locals were panic buying this week, Mr Williams said he had noticed ‘heightened levels’ of shoppers in the Kingfisher.
“But I wouldn’t call it panic buying – a lot of people were bringing forward their Christmas purchases, including decorations,” he said.
“Some shops extended their operating hours to facilitate the expected demand but it hasn’t been that busy.”
The full list of shops staying open during this lockdown will soon be available to see at http://www.kingfishershopping.co.uk