Steve Browne, General Manager of the Heart of England Co-operative Society’s Food Division.

Monday, May 11, 2020

The Heart of England Co-operative Society is approaching business as usual as it starts to lift restrictions implemented in its network of 35 Food stores in the wake of Covid-19.

Purchase limits have already been lifted on the vast majority of its food and household items, with the exception of hand sanitiser, flour, cleaning products, baby milk and eggs where a maximum of two items per customer is allowed.

The Society’s in-store drinks machines, including Costa and Slush, are now back in use and there are further plans to start selling Rollover hot dogs again from this week. (May 11).

The Lotto machines will also be restarted from next week and the in-store bakeries will sell a selection of 12 products including white farmhouse loaves, bread rolls, sausage rolls, chocolate cookies and doughnuts.

The opening times for stores in the Rugby area reverted to normal this week (7am to 10pm) and there are plans to roll out the usual opening times across all stores from Sunday.

Steve Browne, General Manager of the Society’s Food Division, said: “In recent weeks we have seen most products within our stores become more readily available and trading on the whole has stabilised.

“With the safety of our staff, customers and members top of mind all staff are given the option to wear PPE and our stores will continue to operate with social distancing measures for the foreseeable future. This includes at the tills where our staff will be shielded behind Perspex screens, in the aisles and in the queuing areas. Aisles will also continue to be closed whilst replenishing stock.

“Our one-way system and one-in-one-out system will remain in operation.”

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