Most high street stores reopened their doors today in line with the government’s deadline for the reopening of non-essential retail.
The reception at intu Trafford Centre today was a mixed one with Primark, Selfridges and Zara attracting the biggest queues.
— Hannah Rockett (@hannah_rockett) June 15, 2020
Now Trafford centre has primark.. town will never ever see me 😂
— Sash🇯🇲 (@sash4rbs) June 15, 2020
You need your head checking if you've gone Trafford Centre today, bunch of weirdos hahaha
— Finn Ryan (@_FinnRyan) June 15, 2020
Feels like I'm working a boxing day shift the Trafford Centre is that busy today
— Chlo (@Chloes_Palette) June 15, 2020
I braved the #Traffordcentre today …. It felt so good nothing like a bit of retail therapy although word of warning you literally cannot try a thing on in #Primark including sliders and sunglasses 😎😂 Who would ever have thought this? 🤷♀️😂
— Lynn B (@girlees) June 15, 2020
It’s sad how excited I am to be in Trafford centre
— Simone (@Simonehowell_) June 15, 2020
Don’t forget you can now catch a tram to the Trafford Centre on the new Trafford Park Line which was completed seven months earlier than scheduled.
A task force of experts from across intu has created detailed and adaptable plans and full risk assessments for each of its 14 shopping destinations – including intu Trafford Centre – to make them Covid-secure.
intu Trafford Centre adapted its existing footfall-monitoring technology so that frontline teams can monitor and manage the number of people at any time.
A raft of other measures were introduced including one-way systems and floor stickers to ensure visitors stay socially distanced once inside.
This is how the Trafford Centre looks as it reopens today! 🛍 pic.twitter.com/ysf1TXH56N
— BBC Radio Manchester (@BBCRadioManc) June 15, 2020
Enhanced hygiene regimes that were introduced at the start of the outbreak remain in place, with more deep cleaning of key areas and touchpoints like escalators, toilets and keypads.
Hand sanitation stands remain at entrances and other locations throughout the centre for visitors to use during their visit.
“Our centres have and will always be at the heart of their local communities,” said intu chief executive Matthew Roberts.
“intu supports around 3% of all retail jobs in the UK and our centres are home to some of the biggest and best brands, so we are doing everything we can to make them safe places to visit and work.
“We know we cannot do this alone and everyone who visits our centres whether for work or to shop will play their part in keeping themselves and each other safe by following the official guidelines, and the instructions and safety information provided by our teams.
“Whilst the experience for everyone that visits intu Trafford Centre will be different to normal, our teams will be on hand to deliver that warm welcome our centres have become known for.”
The centre is open 10am-6pm Monday – Saturday and 12pm-6pm on Sundays for the time being.
More information on which stores are open can be found at intu.co.uk/traffordcentre/news/covid-19 or on each brand’s website.