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Shoppers Return To Stores Across The Midlands

Click and collect and shopping by appointment resumes today for non-essential retail.

Non-essential retailers across the midlands are re-opening their doors for the first time this year.

As part of the phased re-opening, click and collect is available once again and shoppers can visit stores from today by appointment only.

Duncan Graham from Retail Excellence says the pandemic has led to changes in consumer habits:

Laois mother-of-four Carol Callinan was among the first in the door of Penneys today.

She's struggled to find clothes during lockdown for her four year old son who has a severe disability.

The Portarlington woman says it was well worth the two hour wait to book her appointment:

While click and collect is back on the menu today, non-essential retail will reopen fully from next Monday. 

MD at Burgess of Athlone, Rosie Boles says the full effects of Brexit are now coming to the fore for retailers:

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