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Organic groceries, stationery and hardware stores are OPEN – when shoppers buy Christmas decorations and balloons


Christmas shopping was on the list today as shoppers bought festive decorations on the first day of the lockdown.

When England got into a four-week lockdown with pubs, restaurants and retail stores forced to pull down the shutters, some businesses escaped the restrictions in place today.

Ryman's stationers and Wilko are among the still-open names of the high street, while some family-run businesses have avoided the clampdown.

Vapertrails Vape Shops, the discount store OneBelow and the Chuckling Cheese Company, all of which have branches across the UK, will remain open.

The family-run Plastic Free Weigh / Refill 2 You store in Knutsford is also open today.

Some stores are also open to click-and-collect customers, e.g. For example, the non-stop party shop in Kensington, West London and GAME, which will offer a pick-up service for new console launches on November 10th and 19th.

Shoppers could also get their hands on festive items today, with stores like The Range remaining open to business.

Customers of The Range in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, went with a variety of purchases including Christmas trees

A shooper in the Range in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, wore a festive reindeer decoration with a quirky red bow tie

A shooper in the Range in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, wore a festive reindeer decoration with a quirky red bow tie

A shopper was seen with balloons in London's High Street Kensington, where shops are also open to click and pick-up customers, such as the Non Stop Party Store in Kensington

A shopper was seen with balloons in London's High Street Kensington, where shops are also open to click and pick-up customers, such as the Non Stop Party Store in Kensington

The holiday season is often one of the busiest times of the year for high street business – but many have had to close due to lockdown restrictions to stop the spread of the coronavirus as a second wave sweeps across the UK.

Even so, a shopper was seen walking into stores in London's High Street Kensington with a handful of balloons.

Others were leaving shops at The Range in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, with artificial Christmas trees and wearing festive reindeer decorations with a quirky red bow tie.

Non-essential retailers had to close their doors on Thursday, including betting shops, vape stores and clothing stores.

But many chains were allowed to stay open, including craft and bargain stores.

The Rymans stationery store is still open and the Timpson stores are welcoming customers too.

Robert Dyas and Wilko's shops did not have to close under the current lockdown restrictions either.

Alternative health chain Holland and Barrett has 765 stores in the UK and is considered a major retailer as their products are suitable for people with special dietary needs

Alternative health chain Holland and Barrett has 765 stores in the UK and is considered a major retailer as their products are suitable for people with special dietary needs

Ryman's stationery stores will also be open across the UK during the second lockdown

Ryman's stationery stores will also be open across the UK during the second lockdown

Almond and Raisins health food store in Newcastle's historic Grainger Market has opened its doors after staying closed during the initial lockdown

Almond and Raisins health food store in Newcastle's historic Grainger Market has opened its doors after staying closed during the initial lockdown

Laundromats and dry cleaners are also considered indispensable services and can continue to serve customers – just as they did when they were first blocked.

Alternative health food stores are also classified as essential according to the blocking guidelines.

Shops in Holland and Barrett are still open and customers are welcome to browse the shelves for healthy foods, vitamins and dietary supplements.

The alternative health chain has over 750 stores in the UK and is considered a major retailer as its products cater to people with special dietary needs.

The chain stayed open even during the initial lockdown as it is classified as a grocery retailer.

Holland and Barrett buyers in Eastbourne enjoyed the opening of the health food store.

Kayleigh James, 19, said, "It may not be necessary to buy organic foods, but I think buyers act sensibly, wear masks, disinfectants and the like, and I think it is reasonable that they should be open."

In-store security measures include customer limits, disinfection stations, protective grilles, and protective clothing for colleagues.

Anthony Houghton, Group Retail and Property Director, said, "The health of our colleagues and customers is our top priority. We have social distancing measures in place in our stores to make everyone feel as safe as possible in our stores."

Other independent chains of reform are also open to the public.

Almond and Raisins health food store in Newcastle's historic Grainger Market has opened its doors after staying closed during the initial lockdown.

The store sells a range of products including minerals and nutritional supplements, as well as aromatherapy and eco-household products.

Branch manager Elizabeth Kemp said she saw some customers on the first day of the second national lockdown.

Robert Dyas' stores also welcome customers to their stores across the UK

Robert Dyas' stores also welcome customers to their stores across the UK

The Wilko store on London's Kensington High Street was also open this morning as the UK's second lockdown began

The Wilko store on London's Kensington High Street was also open this morning as the UK's second lockdown began

She said, “We had a couple of people, although Grainger Markt is pretty quiet.

“We're a health food store – a bit like Holland and Barrett, but we're independent.

& # 39; We were delighted to be added to the list of top stores that could stay open because so many people are relying on us.

“You'd rather come to us than to the main chain stores in Eldon Square Shopping Center.

James Timpson, the Timpson Group's chief executive, confirmed on social media that his stores would remain open

James Timpson, the Timpson Group's chief executive, confirmed on social media that his stores would remain open

Timpson shoemakers are open, although the chain's manager expects sales to decline

Timpson shoemakers are open, although the chain's manager expects sales to decline

"An elderly lady has been coming into our store since it opened 40 years ago and buying senna pods that she has taken with her since childhood."

James Timpson, the chief executive of the Timpson Group, confirmed on social media that his stores would remain open during the second lockdown.

The Timpson chain is made up of cobblers who also offer dry cleaning, phone repairs, key cutting and locksmith services in some of their stores.

Mr. Timpson said that although their stores remain open, he expected sales to be lower than normal.

He said: "In England practically all of our stores will remain open during this lockdown as we provide essential services, but sales I suspect will be considerably less."

The Rymans stationery stores are also still open.

Their website states, "We provide essential services and are open to normal business operations."

It adds, "Ryman provides vital services such as DHL, post offices and Western Union money transfers, and our stores will remain open as usual through November."

A number of security requirements are listed on the chain's website, such as: B. the request to customers to maintain social distance and, if possible, pay by card.

Stores are allowed to open under the current restrictions as long as they operate in a Covid-safe manner and can follow the Covid-safe guidelines to protect customers, visitors and employees.

The Health Food Co in Leeds will be open during the second lockdown. It was open during the shutdown earlier this year, but owner Geoff Millington, 67, says that shutdown feels different

The Health Food Co in Leeds will be open during the second lockdown. It was open during the shutdown earlier this year, but owner Geoff Millington, 67, says that shutdown feels different

Mr. Millington also owns a separate health food store in York that remains open to the public

Mr. Millington also owns a separate health food store in York that remains open to the public

Geoff Millington, 67, who owns two health food stores in Leeds and one in York, says this lockdown is different for customers.

Its shops stayed open during the initial lockdown as they sold groceries like nuts and oats.

Mr Millington, who owns The Health Food Co and Millies in Leeds and a separate health food store in York, said: “There are certainly more people around than during the last lockdown.

“People understand the virus a little better this time around and are less afraid of it.

“I just walked around Leeds to see what's open and this time I found that places like Costa Coffee are open and takeout places are open.

“There is actually a newsagent that sells tobacco and so on – I was surprised.

"The streets are a bit busier than last time, but it's a stark contrast to this week as the last three days have felt like Christmas."