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The day Preston returned to shopping in the city centre

Posted on - 15th June, 2020 - 9:19pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, City Centre, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Getting back to some sort of normality in Fishergate Pic: Paul Melling

Prestonians returned to Preston city centre in their droves for a socially distanced shop.

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Monday 15 June saw non-essential shops able to open for the first time in nearly three months.

Road closures meant Fishergate was quieter compared to the usual traffic flow and Preston’s Business Improvement District had been out since late on Sunday giving the city centre a deep clean.

Last minute preparations for the reopening of the city centre shops, BID Preston cleaning crew Pic: Donna Clifford
Last minute preparations for the reopening of the city centre shops, BID Preston cleaning crew Pic: Donna Clifford

Queues for Primark and the Fishergate Shopping Centre dominated the bottom end of Fishergate with the fast fashion store the big draw for many shoppers.

Queues outside the Fishergate Shopping Centre and Primark Pic: Paul Melling
Queues outside the Fishergate Shopping Centre and Primark Pic: Paul Melling

Social distancing meant there were limits on how many shoppers were allowed into stores at any given time and new signage appeared across the city centre encouraging the 2-metre rule and good hand hygiene.

Elsewhere there was an urge to support independent businesses, from those independent cafes trading for takeaway coffee and food.

Deputy council leader councillor Peter Moss wished all stores well with a focus on the independent shops.

Read more: Preston’s independent shops preparing for high street reopening

Through to the iconic Action Records in Church Street which received a shout out from Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess.

BID Preston had a hand hygiene stall set up on the Flag Market and handed out hundreds of free face coverings by lunchtime.

Elsewhere there were huge queues at Deepdale Shopping Park, especially for Sports Direct as the sportswear chain offered large discounts for NHS staff – reports LancsLive.

You can use the tool below to see which local businesses are open near you.

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Did you venture into Preston city centre today? Which stores did you visit? Let us know your views in the comments below

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