Independent Preston retailers adapting to coronavirus closures

Posted on - 26th March, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Health, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Inside Hollywood Exports
Hollywood Experts closed early to reduce the spread of Covid-19

Independent Preston retailers that have closed their doors to reduce the spread of coronavirus are looking to adapt their business models.


Not all the city’s retailers waited for Government advice, with some taking the decision to shut ahead of the enforced closures.

One such shop, Hollywood Exports, a vintage clothing company in Fox Street, closed on Monday prior to the Government’s announcement.

The store posted the decision on social media, saying the importance of social distancing meant it was the safest thing to do.

“Small steps and we can all work together to make big changes in combating coronavirus.

“We will be operating solely online, in line with Government guidelines on safe and hygienic working practises at this time.”

Read More: Preston Markets to see reduced hours and partial closures due to coronavirus

Mother and daughter, Joan Marsden and Jade Barton, both closed up their shops on Monday.

Jade from Green Pheasant Gifts, which has been open for two weeks, said: “We’re not an essential business, it is irresponsible of us to stay open.”

Jade doesn’t want to encourage people to come out and has decided to look into online orders and postal deliveries to keep the business going and allow customers to still purchase items.

Joan and Jade outside the new shop
Joan and Jade outside the new shop

Her mother, Joan Marsden, who has run The Secret Garden since 1987, has recently moved to the site with her daughter in Winkley Square, operating the businesses under the same roof.

Joan will still be making funeral flowers from home as she self isolates to keep The Secret Garden operating through this difficult time.

Jade and Joan have decided to take precautions, boarding up windows and doors after restaurants and bars in Preston had windows smashed after their closure last Friday.

Read More: Preston city centre venues targeted in first night of lockdown

What do you think of these retailers having to close and their efforts to adapt? Let us know in the comments.

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