Amid the flurry of bookings being made for pub gardens and outdoor restaurants, there is another quieter question on people’s lips: When do Homesense, TK Maxx, Dunlem, Matalan and IKEA reopen in the UK?
These pillars of British culture are set to reopen soon, with Homesense, TK Maxx, Dunelm, Matalan and IKEA all reopening in less than a month – but some may not be as you remember them.
With lockdown restrictions easing in stages according to Boris Johnson’s roadmap to freedom, here’s when you can expect to set foot in Homesense again for the first time in months (give me all of discounted candles – now).
When is Homesense reopening in the UK?
Homesense stores in England and Wales will be allowing customers through its doors when non-essential retail is finally allowed to reopen on April 12.
This is the same time as hairdressers and pub gardens, so if you want to grab a quick trim and a pint before you hit the Homesense bargains, you can.
These rules may be different for stores in Northern Ireland and Scotland though, who are currently aiming to reopen non-essential stores a little later than England and Wales.
When is TK Maxx reopening in the UK?
You may not have known this but TK Maxx and Homesense are actually part of the same company, and so will be reopening in tandem. TK Maxx will be reopening on April 12 as well, so you can grab all of your favourite discounted labels in less than a month!
When is IKEA reopening in the UK?
IKEA, Swedish haven with heavenly meatballs beloved by all, is also set to reopen April 12 when non essential retail can return.
However, it will be lacking the piece de resistance of the IKEA shopping experience: the IKEA restaurant.
Shoppers will not be able to get their IKEA meatballs fix from April 12 because it is an inside restaurant, which, according to the government roadmap, will not be permitted to reopen until May 17 at the earliest.
(If you’re really desperate, IKEA meatballs can be purchased in frozen form from the store, usually near the checkout section. You’re welcome.)
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When is Matalan reopening in the UK?
Matalan is like the supermarket of clothing stores, so it almost feels weird that it’s not open already. It’s like Big Sainsbury’s in Camden being closed: inconceivable. But sadly, the thought of pulling up at a car par and drifting into a Matalan is still a distant dream. Not too distant though, as Matalan will be reopening on April 12 alongside other retailers.
For now, Click and Collect is available in certain stores, but you’ll have to wait one month more for the full Matalan experience.
When is Dunelm reopening in the UK?
Dunelm has been offering click and collect services and delivery since the latest wave of restrictions came into place, but stores have remained closed.
The Dunelm staff will finally fling open the doors to greedy customers looking for cheap lampshades and bathmats on April 12 when non-essential shops are permitted to reopen.
This is a welcome change, as everyone knows Dunelm is at the heart of Britain as much as any pub. It’s basically the Wetherspoons of retail.
More retailers, pubs and restaurants will be allowed to reopen in further stages of the government roadmap, including stores with dine-in restaurants on May 17.