Here are the 16 shops opening at Stoke-on-Trent’s biggest retail park this weekend


Sixteen units are now open at Stoke-on-Trent’s biggest retail park.

They are currently trading at Festival Park after the Government allowed ‘non-essential’ shops to reopen from Monday, June 15.

There are rules asking shoppers to maintain a two-metre distance within individual stores.

But Argos, TUI, Harveys Furniture and Frankie & Benny’s remain shut.

Argos say they will update customers when they reopen more stores.

A spokesman said: “We opened a first phase of around 145 standalone Argos stores to customers for collections and returns on Monday 15 June.

“Customers can find their nearest store by visiting the Store Locator page on our website. We will keep our customers and colleagues updated as and when we re-open more stores.”

Customers were pleased to see more shops open.

Friends Glenys Whiston and Valerie Holdcroft had gone to the retail park to visit Argos.

Glenys, aged 61, from Ball Green, said: “We came to go to Argos but it hasn’t reopened yet.

“We’ve been to B&Q, JD and we’re now going to Next. We’ve missed not being able to go to the shops. It’s nice to have some normality back and we’re still keeping our distance.

“My daughter turns 30 on Friday and I’ve come to get her a present as I don’t like ordering online as you can’t see what you’re buying and then you have to return it.

“We’ve felt really safe today and each shop has been well organised.”

Care worker Glenys Barcroft was visiting the shops on her day off.

Care worker Glenys Barcroft was visiting the shops on her day off

The 64-year-old, from Norton, said: “It feels like we’re getting back to normality now as much as we can.

“It hasn’t been as crowded today as I thought it would be and it was nice being able to stroll around. It’s given me something to do on my one day off.

“The social distancing has been brilliant.”

These units are currently open at Festival Park:

  • Next;
  • Pizza Hut (collection only);
  • River Island;
  • B&Q;
  • Boots;
  • New Look;
  • Outfit;
  • JD;
  • Poundland;
  • Tapi Carpets;
  • Morrison’s;
  • Currys PC World;
  • KFC;
  • Pets at Home;
  • Halfords;
  • McDonald’s.

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