10:13 h / 2021/04/13
Months of pent up spending, Christmas hangover, and consumers looking for friendly, non-digital interaction with their local retail scene spilled out onto High Streets across the UK on Monday, April 12th as the country took its next step forwards in the easing of lockdown.
Queues for barber shops extended around street corners, while coffee drinkers populated the outside seating arrangements of their favoured haunts, as the morning light cast new life across a retail landscape that had spent three long winter months behind shutters.
Toy shops, too, once again found their aisles filled with the excited chatter of children, signalling a much welcome emergence out of lockdown darkness, and into a retail scene that has well and truly sprung back to life.
Kids Korner Toy & Fancy Dress Shop in Herne Bay is one among the many cheered by the sight of young customers helping the till ring again, when it formally re-opened its doors to the public at 10am on Monday morning. Citing a pent up Christmas spend, owner, Melvin Smedley told ToyNews of the buzz of the re-opening among local children, now into the second week of Easter holidays.