// Fortnum & Mason will reopen main food floors first including the basement foodhall
// If the reopening proves a success, the retailer will open the first floor of its Piccadilly flagship
Fortnum & Mason has said it will begin a phased reopening on Thursday of its Piccadilly flagship as it emerges out of the coronavirus lockdown.
The luxury department store will open its main food floors first, including the basement foodhall.
If the reopening proves a success, the retailer will then open the first floor of its Piccadilly flagship on May 28, and the second and third floors on June 1.
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Trading will be restricted to between 11am and 7pm and in-store bars and restaurants will stay shut in line with lockdown rules.
Fortnum & Mason’s commercial director Lucy Williams told suppliers that the retailer has laid out “rigorous controls to ensure both our teams’ and our customers’ safety”.
The retailer is also sending guidelines to suppliers about how to ensure health and safety when making deliveries direct to the shop.
Fortnum & Mason continued to trade online during the pandemic.
The partial reopening of the store follows Selfridges’ decision to reopen its foodhall on Oxford Street at the start of this month.
Fortnum & Mason also said it aims to reopen its shop in St Pancras station on May 26.