08 April 2021 – With the imminent reopening of non-essential retail, The Friary Guildford has worked hard to ensure visitors and staff feel safe ahead of their much anticipated and welcomed return to the centre.


The majority of stores at The Friary Guildford which were deemed non-essential during the last Covid-19 lockdown will re-open from Monday 12th April following the latest easing of Government restrictions. These include Primark, Levi’s, Superdry, Beaverbrooks, Oliver Bonas, Schuh and many more.


To help support retailers, The Friary Guildford is encouraging the community to shop local and back their local businesses as they look to recover from impact of the pandemic. The team will be promoting opening offers and events throughout the next few months including Mental Health Awareness Week which will take place between the 12th and 16th May. The Friary Guildford is supporting this important event by encouraging customers to connect with the natural world and experience the mental health benefits.  A sensational spring display will also be installed complete with free branded packets of sunflower seeds for customers to take and plant at home.


Vicky Hickson, Centre Manager of The Friary, said: “We can’t wait for the return of customers to The Friary and would like to thank our fantastic team who have worked very hard to support our retailers during this challenging time. As lockdown restrictions start to ease, we urge people to shop local and visit the centre to help support their local retailers. We are aware that the return of in-store shopping is exciting but for others it may also be a particularly anxious experience and that is why we remain focussed on the safety and wellbeing of our customers.”


The Friary is following Government guidelines to keep staff and visitors safe, and the centre team has worked in partnership with retailers to develop detailed plans which include an enhanced cleaning regime, hand sanitiser stations posted throughout the centre, an increased customer service presence, and new signage, floor graphics and barrier systems to help customers adhere to social distancing requirements.


Vicky added: “A great deal of effort has gone into making The Friary a safe place for staff and customers. Everyone has a part to play in this, and we would ask all our customers to be kind, respectful of others and always follow the latest Government guidelines when visiting the centre.”


“We can’t wait to welcome you all back.”


To keep up to date with the latest updates and information on the opening times of retailers at The Friary, please visit the website or check out the social media channels.