Hammerson flagship Scottish shopping centres to reopen on July 13

Hammerson has announced its Scottish shopping destinations are preparing to re-open as the Scottish Government continues to ease the lockdown.

These include most stores in the shopping park, such as Next and JD Sports, as well as New Look. Stores at Falkirk retail park have also reopened this Monday.

Independent inspection organisation, Bureau Veritas has been appointed to asses and approve the reopening plans, ensuring the safety of shoppers, retailers and employees.

Measures have been introduced according to government guidelines, including one-way systems, clear signage reminding visitors of the need to follow social distancing guidance, and thorough cleaning processes.

Hammerson is also running Covid-19 awareness campaigns on its social media pages.

The company’s flagship destinations in England were allowed to reopen from 15 June. In Ireland, a phased re-opening of stores, starting with small retail outlets, also started mid-June.

Managing director UK & Ireland at Hammerson, Mark Bourgeois, said: “Our priority is the safety and wellbeing of all of our customers, retailers and colleagues. We have considered carefully how to create an operating environment that allows the centre and brands to reopen safely.”

“Throughout our destinations we will display clear information for consumers on how to shop in this new environment, and we also have technology in place allowing us to monitor visitor numbers, to ensure there are never too many people in our spaces at any one time.”