The Royal Exchange Manchester is getting ready to welcome back its shops, cafes and restaurants following the government’s recent update on essential and non-essential retail.

The building, which is also home to a range of businesses and services including the Manchester coroner’s court, remained open throughout the lockdown period, while all of its shops, cafes and restaurants temporarily closed for business as they followed government guidelines.

Now, as the government announced its updated plans for essential and non-essential retail, The Royal Exchange is expecting the majority of shops to be back and open for business as of 15th June, whilst cafes and restaurants have already begun to open for takeaway and deliveries.

Vertigo plant-based eatery and TGI Fridays are currently working with delivery partners, and The Remedy Kitchen opened today (Monday 8th June) for collections and Meal Plans.

Shops such as Scribbler, Jenny Jones Jewellery, Swiss Watch Shop, Nigel Rayment boutique, Designer Exchange, Amaranth natural health & beauty, The Body Shop, The Whisky Store, Fjallraven and Yards Store have stated their plans to open on 15th, as has Michaels coffeehouse in the Arcade. Moss Bros will follow closely behind, opening on Wednesday 17th June.

As licensed premises selling alcohol, Astons of Manchester opened on 1st June under the new government guidelines.

All the shops will be implementing their social distancing measures, including floor markings, signage, Perspex screens and hand sanitisers for the safety of customers and staff.

Tim White, Building Manager said: “We are looking forward to welcoming our shops and their customers back to The Royal Exchange Manchester. In addition to the shops’ own social distancing measures we will have hand sanitising stations and signage at both entrances of our Arcade, as well as signage along the floor.”

An updated list of store opening dates and times can be found here  


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