The 12th of April marks a significant step in the easing of lockdown restrictions as our local shops open their doors to us once more. Retail has been one of the industries hit hardest by lockdown, everyone from huge high street brands to single independents have been impacted hugely. Now we can all do our bit and support our region's recovery with a bit of retail therapy.
Heading into Liverpool with a friend to pick up a treat for yourself is the best reason of all to wave goodbye to the Amazon delivery person. After browsing real things without having to scroll through web pages, grab a bite to eat from one of the many cafes and restaurants with outdoor seating in the city centre thanks to the Liverpool Without Walls scheme creating more pedestrianised areas.
The centre of Liverpool's retail offering, we are so pleased that favourites like Harvey Nichols Beauty Bazaar, Apple, Zara and many more reopen on the 12th. It's also great news that Liverpool's John Lewis store remains open whilst others around the country have closed. With over 80 stores in Liverpool ONE, there is so much to browse and choose from to replace the lockdown loungewear wardrobe. There are plenty of bargains to be had as well with many shops promoting amazing offers to welcome you back.
Liverpool ONE are reminding shoppers to #loveyourliverpool by following safety guidance including directional signage to make social distancing easier. A rapid covid testing centre is also available, open 9.30am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday and on Sundays from 11am-5pm.
So that you can make a much-needed day out of your shopping trip Liverpool ONE have increased their outdoor seating capacity by 100% so that you can enjoy lunch or dinner whilst still keeping to the guidelines.
Bold Street and Liverpool Independents
We've all heard the phrase 'when you buy from a small business an actual person does a little happy dance' and never has this been truer than now.
From vintage clothing to quirky gifts, Bold Street has everything you won't find in the big high street stores. The shops plus more outdoor seating areas that some of our city's favourite restaurants and cafes are making the most of, creates an amazing atmosphere that we're all in need of.
If you're looking for something a bit different and wanting to support a local business then don't forget about Merseymade on Paradise Street and Red Brick Market in the Baltic Triangle. Both give a space for local creatives to showcase everything from gin and jewellery to furniture and artwork.
There are a few big changes in the city centre shopping areas too, including a huge new Next in the former Forever 21 site and a new Pandora store on Church Street.
The new food court at MetQuarter is due to open this Spring so keep your eyes on that one too, there is so much to look forward to as Liverpool city centre gets back to it's best!