After months of preparations Dalton Park has today welcomed shoppers back, in line with the latest easing of the government’s lockdown restrictions.
It’s huge canopies have had a professional clean and the mall seating has been reinstalled to give shoppers a place to rest and enjoy the fresh air of the outdoor centre.
Local artist Ruth Thompson has created a stunning butterfly sculpture in the outlet’s new Pollinator Park area, located next to M&S Outlet.
Although the garden is currently closed while the plants establish, the wicker sculpture is viewable from the garden’s perimeter. The Pollinator Park, a rewilding area for bees and other pollinators, is expected to open later this spring.
Shops that have been closed during the national lockdown are getting ready to open their doors and shoppers will also be able to enjoy a refreshing drink or some well-deserved food in dedicated outside seating areas at BB’s, Codrophenia, Costa, KFC, Starbucks, Subway and McDonald’s.
The centre’s management staff, customer services team, security and housekeeping staff will all take part in regular testing as part of the government’s workplace testing initiative.
Jerry Hatch, Centre Manager at Dalton Park, said: “We can’t wait to welcome shoppers and diners back to Dalton Park, with our doors opening at 10am on Monday 12 April.”
“We’ve had a spring clean ahead of reopening and our stores are working behind the scenes to update their displays and stock.
“Our social distancing measures and increased cleaning regimes will remain in place, and hand sanitiser stations are located throughout the mall for all guests to use.
“I can’t wait to see people on the mall, and look forward to seeing the doors on all our stores open once again.”
The centre’s opening hours are 10am – 6pm Monday – Friday, 9.30am – 6pm Saturdays and 10.30am – 4.30pm on Sundays. Visitors can also park for free all day, every day at Dalton Park.