Peterborough’s Queensgate shopping centre prepares for ‘safe’ reopening as lockdown is eased

Peterborough’s Queensgate shopping centre bosses have spoken of their delight after non-essential retailers were given the green light to reopen.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 11:52 am
Re-opening of non-essential shops in the City Centre after the first lockdown last June - queues t get into Primark at Queensgate. EMN-200615-114819009

Queensgate Shopping Centre managers say they are prepared for ‘safe’ reopening on April 12 after Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced yesterday an end to the temporary closure for thousands of retailers.

A centre spokesman said: “We are delighted to confirm that the Queensgate centre will safely reopen for non-essential retail on April 12 following confirmation from the government.

“Visitors must wear a face covering in all areas of the mall, unless medically exempt, and hand sanitiser stations will remain available at all entrances and exits.

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“Social distancing is still encouraged and people are reminded to remain respectful to others during their visit.

He added: “Over the past few months, Queensgate has remained partially open for essential retailers, Click & Collect and eateries offering takeaway options.

“Throughout this period, the robust deep cleaning of the centre continued and will remain one of Queensgate’s main priorities.”

The centre opening hours will be:

Monday – Wednesday 9am – 5.30pm

Thursday 9am – 8pm

Friday 9am – 5.30pm

Saturday 9am – 6pm

Sunday 10.30am – 4.30pm

However, a noticeable absence from stores reopening next week will be department chain John Lewis which announced on March 24 that its Queensgate store will remain closed in a move that has put 318 jobs at risk.

The Queensgate centre owners, Invesco, and its managers, Lend Lease, have not yet commented on the John Lewis closure.