John Lewis has named exactly what people were queueing up to buy as it reopened its first two branches since March.
Despite operating online for the past three months, this morning was the first time since lockdown customers could head in store.
Eager shoppers were greeted by staff, on hand to offer guidance about the new measures in place – including new protocols for using lifts and escalators, availability of hand sanitiser, and new “contactless” dropboxes for returns.
There were also new “Customer Service Hosts” to help manage queues and customer numbers in the store.
But what was so vital people queued up for in person?
“Customers were returning to shops to buy fashion items, kitchenware and technology – from washing machines to mobile phones,” John Lewis said in a stamement.
Georgia Carling, one of those shopping at Kingston John Lewis, went for some kitchenware.
“Got myself a steal on a set of Sabatier knives,” she told Mirror Money.
These are the most popular items ring through the tills by shoppers this morning:
Top sellers in the first two hours of trading at Kingston John Lewis:
Top sellers in the first two hours of trading at Poole John Lewis:
John Lewis is taking a steady, gradual approach to reopenings, with more shops opening later this summer depending on how customers and staff react to the new ways of operating.
John Lewis’s Bérangère Michel said: “We are taking a gradual approach to reopening to make our shops as safe as they can possibly be for our customers and Partners but this was a very welcome first step.
“Our first customers were really struck by the fact that they could still have an enjoyable experience and get the inspiration they wanted.”
As things stand, these are the next 11 branches to reopen: