With thousands of non-essential independent retailers reopening today, Retail NI has urged consumers to make a special effort to support their local traders and to make sure they observe the health guidance.
Retail NI has also today published an updated 7-point plan for safe and sustainable shopping.
Retail NI Chief Executive Glyn Roberts said:
“Today could not have come sooner for thousands of family-owned independent businesses which have lost four months of trade and have a lot of ground to make up. They have spent millions ensuring that their stores are safe and welcoming for shoppers”
“We are making a big bold plea to the general public to support their local independent retailers as our high streets begin to reopen and we begin the long road towards recovery”
“While today is all about reopening and recovery, we should not forget the huge contribution convenience stores, butchers and chemists made throughout the lockdown. They and their workers ensured that food and other vital products were available to many vulnerable members of our communities”
“Retail NI is also publishing an updated 7 Point Plan for safe and sustainable shopping and we urge shoppers to stay safe and follow the guidance”
“21st century high streets are all about creating a fun experience for the shopper and we would call upon the Executive to bring forward the reopening date for in-door hospitality to 17th May. This would help boost footfall to our struggling high streets”