Non-essential retailers across the country will finally be welcoming back customers in less than two weeks as the coronavirus lockdown continues to ease.
The long-awaited Monday marked in our calendars will see most retailers fling open their doors in Kidderminster town centre.
But as shoppers return to the high street on April 12, they will also see the lost businesses which failed to survive the pandemic.
The town will look quite different without Debenhams, Frankie & Bennies and Rees Cafe – all confirmed closures.
Though whilst the nation has been locked down and urged to stay at home, the town has also welcomed a number of new businesses – from burger joints to a beauty academy.
The former Reel Cinema, closed over the last year, has also been purchased and will reopen as independent Lume Cinema in the near future.
Kidderminster Business Improvement District (BID) confirmed the ‘vast majority’ of non-essential retailers would be opening in the next phase of Boris Johnson’s roadmap.
The brand new business opening and the shops forced to shut because of the pandemic were confirmed by the BID.
The brand new businesses
‘89th Street’ – Burgers, Shakes and Ice Cream
Burger Bros – new takeaway
4 Blackwell Street
Geek Retreat – Comic shop, board games, video games and more
Unit 4 , 11-17 Worcester Street
100% Aesthetics & Beauty Academy
41 Oxford Street
Lume cinema & Cafe – an independent cinema, will open in the near future
Businesses which won’t reopen due to the pandemic
Frankie and Bennys
DW Sports shop and Gym
Kidderminster Hospital League of Friends shop
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In an attempt to boost footfall as the town centre reopens, there will be an Egg Hunt around the town centre over the school holidays – April 3-17.
A spokeswoman for the BID added: “As we’re expecting the first Saturday back (April 17) to be busy we’ve arranged a bit of entertainment – a stilt walker roaming the town centre in the middle of the day reminding shoppers to socially distance (in as much of a fun way as possible!).”