Which shops are open today? From Argos to Boots and Matalan – here's the full list

MORE and more retailers are starting to welcome back shoppers again as lockdown measures are eased.

From Argos to Boots and Matalan, here's the full list of stores you can visit.

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Argos

While Argos standalone stores are closed, Argos concessions within Sainsbury’s supermarkets remain open for orders pre-paid online.

You can find your nearest store on the Argos website.

Shoppers can also still order products on the Argos website for home delivery.

B&M

B&M has reopened 49 branches that closed temporarily due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The 49 shops, which B&M wouldn't name, were initially closed as they are typically smaller outlets and ones located in shopping centres.

The discount retailer has 660 stores in the UK and the remainder of these have continued to trade as normal.

You can find your nearest B&M store by using the store locator tool.

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B&Q

B&Q has reopened all 288 of its UK stores following coronavirus closures.

The hardware chain initially reopened 14 branches in mid-April after watching “other essential retailers support social distancing measures”.

Since then, it's been gradually opening more stores as it said it became clear staff could serve customers safely following social distancing measures.

The DIY chain is considered to be "essential" meaning it is allowed to stay open during the lockdown.

You can find the full list of reopened stores here.

Boots

Boots has remained open during the coronavirus crisis, with the exception of its in-store beauty and fragrance counters.

But it plans to reopen its beauty halls from June 15, in line with the government easing its lockdown restrictions.

In April, Boots also temporarily shut 60 branches and redeployed pharmacists to busier shops.

Boots has 2,465 shops in the UK – use the online store finder to locate your nearest one.

DFS

DFS started welcoming back shoppers by opening three showrooms in Bolton, Leicester and Milton Keynes.

It will reopen the rest of its stores in stages, with 88 of them open for shoppers as of May 29.

Customers are able to browse and shop in stores, but there will be social distancing measures in place.

Dobbies

Dobbies reopened 54 of its garden centres on May 13.

Dobbies has 68 garden centres nationwide – you can use the online store finder tool to see the most up-to-date opening information.

The newly reopened garden centres only include Dobbies branches in England.

Dobbies has reopened just one branch in Wales during lockdown, located in Swansea, and its stores in Scotland remain shut.

Dunelm

Dunelm has reopened the doors of all 151 shops across England and Northern Ireland.

It says stores in Wales and Scotland will remain closed in line with guidance in those countries but these shops are open for click and collect.

It's also introduced a host of safety measures for inside stores and for deliveries.

Furniture Village

Furniture Village reopened all 52 of its UK shops at the end of May.

The furniture retailer has safety measures in place in its newly reopened stores – including every customer having their temperature checked before they enter stores.

Customers are also being asked to sanitise their hands before they start shopping and there are directional markers on the floor of stores to remind people to stay two metres apart.

Halfords

At the end of May, Halfords reopened 53 stores to customers for the first time since coronavirus lockdown.

Halfords has been allowed to stay open throughout lockdown but it shut stores and operated online and from store car parks instead.

The bike and motoring retailer is also reopening a further 100 stores across the country this week.

You can find your nearest Halfords store by using its shop locator tool.

Home Bargains

Home Bargains stores are open as normal at the moment, and you can find your local branch here.

You can also buy products online and the store has confirmed there are no longer delays to delivery services.

Regular delivery costs £3.49, or £7.99 for large items, although if you spend more than £50 on certain items it is free.

Homebase

All of Homebase's 164 stores were reopened at the start of May

It had continued to trade online while shops were shut, but began the process of reopening its shops at the end of April.

You can find your nearest store on its website.

It isn't offering some services, such as kitchen design appointments, key cutting or some concessions, including Bathstore and Rug Doctor carpet cleaners, which you can normally hire for 48 hours.

But it said as soon as these are available it would let customers know.

You also won’t be able to use the reserve and collect service, which enables customers to reserve items online and pick them up in store.

Ikea

The Swedish chain reopened 19 of its stores on June 1, creating three-hour long queues of thousands of fans.

All play areas and restaurants remain closed and while customers aren't allowed to eat in store, they can buy food from the Swedish food market.

The Bistro, which operates a contact-free takeaway service, is open but safety measures are in place.

These include two-metre distancing, screens, cashless payments only, and deeper and more frequent cleaning routines.

Matalan

Matalan reopened 15 stores across the UK in May after the government relaxed the lockdown restrictions for homeware stores.

The reopened stores are located in out of town retail parks, have large homeware departments and come with parking outside.

Matalan has around 230 branches across the UK. You can find your nearest one using its store locator tool.

Poundland

Poundland has reopened more than 70 of its stores that it temporarily closed in March due to coronavirus.

The discount retailer kept a majority of its 800 shops open for essential shopping during lockdown, although it temporarily closed around 100 branches.

The majority of these closed stores had another outlet close by or were in a shopping centre which faced difficulties remaining open.

Poundland has said it's working closely with shopping centre landlords to reopen the last of its 40 closed stores as soon as possible.

Poundstretcher

Poundstretcher's stores are open as normal because the retailer sells cleaning and food products.

Poundstretcher has 400 stores. You can find your nearest store here.

Screwfix

Screwfix shoppers won't be able to browse in stores but they can pick up essential click and collect items during the pandemic.

Most shops will open under reduced hours – from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, except for on Wednesdays, when they close at 4pm.

The retailer's stores are also open 9am to 4pm on Sundays.

Screwfix has been forced to reduce opening hours and temporarily close some stores due to falling staffing levels.

You can check the Screwfix website to find out which stores this applies to.

Scs

All of ScS's 81 shops in England reopened at the end of May.

These will have strict safety measures in place to keep staff and customers safe.

This includes asking shoppers to keep two metres apart, and limiting the number of customers allowed in stores at one time. 

Wickes

Wickes began a partial reopening of shops in mid-May with 214 now reopened.

Social distancing measures include limiting the number of people in its stores at any one time.

There will also be clear signage and floor markers to ensure people remain two metres apart and perspex screens have been installed at the tills.

Sanitising stations will be made available for customer use, staff will be using PPE and the shops will only accept card and contactless payments

Wilko

Wilko stores have remained open as they sell essentials such as over the counter medicine, cleaning and hygiene products, pet food, home maintenance and baby care.

All 415 of its stores are open, and you can check the details for your local branch before heading out as some have shortened their opening hours.

We've listed the food shops that have reopened during lockdown, including McDonald's and KFC.

Plus, we've explained when shops including Sports Direct, Primark and Debenhams are reopening in June.

Meanwhile, thousands of businesses and shops are still banned from opening.

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