// Cake Box expects to have all its high street shops open by early June
// It follows a successful click-and-collect trial
Cake Box has said it expects to have all of its high street shops open by early June after a successful trial phase of its click-and-collect and delivery service during lockdown.
The vegan cake retailer initially informed its franchisees that their stores should be closed when lockdown was announced.
However, since then 79 shops have re-opened after social distancing and protective hygiene measures were put in place.
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“Following an initial trial, limited to a number of stores operating our click and collect service and delivery in partnership with select online platforms, the effective implementation of these new processes has meant that the group has, with confidence, been able to inform its franchise stores that they are able to resume trading at the discretion of the individual franchisee,” Cake Box said in a statement.
The retailer also said that demand from customers has been encouraging, albeit at much lower levels than during normal trading conditions.
Production is also currently limited to Cake Box’s Enfield site where it has implemented new health and safety procedures.
It is operating with reduced staffing levels to maintain the appropriate distancing.