'Customers queuing from 7am,' Woodie's in Carlow has re-opened as restrictions lifted

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Darren Hassett

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Woodie’s DIY, Home and Garden opened the doors of their 35 stores nationwide on Monday morning with a warm welcome from the homemakers of Ireland who have been eagerly awaiting the return of DIY and Garden centres.

At 7am, the first customers started queuing for the scheduled 9am opening at their outlets throughout the country.

At 7.30am Woodie’s decided to open their doors early to reduce customer waiting time, alleviate the build-up of queues and to facilitate a smoother flow of customers into the store, which had the desired effect, customers were impressed with safety measures put in place for the queues all the way through the check out.

Woodie’s number one priority is the safety of their colleagues and customers and will continue to follow all government guidelines and health advice.

They were among the first businesses in the country to introduce successful social distancing policies when COVID-19 first became a threat in Ireland.

The company has spent in excess of half a million euro on COVID-19 safety measures in preparation for their re-opening.

With a priority to ensure that all colleagues have the tools to ensure their own safety and that of their customers when in store.

Some of these safety measures include Sanitation stations at the front of every store where all customers must sanitise their hands before entering the store (even if already wearing gloves), Perspex screens on all checkouts, face shields, masks and t-shirts reminding everyone to stay 2 metres apart.

They have also issued a tub of hand cream for every colleague as they are being encouraged to repeatedly wash their hands throughout the day.

Woodie’s understand the importance of re-opening safely and will continue to be relentless in the continuous improvement of safety measures to ensure their shopping proposition is as safe as it can possibly be in these unprecedented times.

The stores have gradually been re-stocked over the last two months as the supply chain has steadily increased and today Woodie’s customers took full advantage of the newly stocked shelves.

On re-opening CEO of Woodie’s Declan Ronayne said: "It feels like the right time to re-open and we are delighted to do so.

"Having spent much of the lockdown further enhancing our social distancing and hygiene measures we are pleased to reopen our stores and to do so with confidence for the safety of our customers and colleagues.

"It has been a difficult period for everyone and we believe DIY and gardening has an important role to play in the mental health for most of us who remain largely confined to our homes and gardens.

"Our stocks are more than sufficient to meet ongoing demand so there is no reason to rush to your local store or to bulk buy. In that way we can ensure the safest possible DIY shopping environment for everyone."