Retailers are set to reopen their doors on Monday, with Colchester's shopping centres set to welcome back customers.

Both Culver Square and Lion Walk will reopen from April 12 after shutting in January following the announcement of the third UK lockdown.

Under the government's roadmap to recovery, non-essential shops can open and hospitality venues can serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors.

Safety measures have been introduced at both shopping centres including one-way systems and hand sanitising stations for shoppers.

Alongside following Government guidelines, stores may also have their own policies to keep staff and shoppers safe.

Earlier this week Primark announced it would be extending its opening hours in an effort to reduce queues and give customers more space and time to shop safely.

For the first week initially, stores will open for two extra hours per day on average, typically an hour earlier and later, with times varying by store.

Here is a list of the stores believed to be reopening in both shopping centres on Monday:

Lion Walk Shopping Centre

Lion Walk June


The centre is opening a new secret garden near River Island, where food and drink will be served throughout the week.

A number of beauty and personal care businesses will be reopening with hospitality firms with outdoor space also allowed to reopen.

Here are the retailers we understand will reopen on Monday.

  • Primark
  • Three
  • The Body Shop
  • Card Factory
  • Clintons
  • Dear Grace
  • Holland and Barrett
  • Marks and Spencer
  • Nannas Yarn Barn
  • New Look
  • O2
  • River Island
  • Santis Watches
  • Snappy Snaps
  • Soul 2 Sole
  • The Perfume Shop
  • Victoria Jewellers
  • Victoria Yum
  • Vodafone
  • WH Smith

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Culver Square Shopping Centre

Culver Square


The centre says a "number of stores" will be reopening Monday.

Here are the ones we understand will reopen:

  • Accessorize
  • Ann Summers
  • Attitude Inc
  • Clarks
  • Debenhams - for a special closing down sale
  • EE
  • Ernest Jones
  • Flying Tiger Copenhagen
  • Fraser Hart
  • H&M
  • HMV
  • JD Sports
  • Monsoon
  • Pandora
  • Paperchase
  • Schuh
  • Smiggle
  • Superdry
  • The Fragrance Shop

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