Stationery giant Colemans pencil-in reopening date for Kettering, Higham, Rushden and Oundle stores

The chain of shops have installed social distancing measures

Book lovers, artists, crafters and students will soon be able to get back to searching for the perfect pen, brilliant brush and ideal ink as a chain of stationers and office suppliers reopen their doors to customers.

Colemans, a family-owned chain, which started in HIgham Ferrers' High Street more than 50 years ago, will welcome customers to its outlets in Kettering, Higham, Rushden, Oundle and Northampton on Monday, June 15.

Joey Coleman, managing director, said: "We are really looking forward to reopening all of our shops.

"We already have social distancing measures in place, including Perspex screens at our till points, floor signage indicating where people should stand, hand sanitiser for customers and the ability for customers to scan their own products if they do not want us to touch them.

"We will be permitting two customers at a time at our smaller branches, and between four and ten at our larger locations.

"Where possible we will be asking customers to make their requests at the counter and we will find the products for them. We will have to keep “browsing” to a minimum in the early stages but will be as helpful as possible in finding what our customers want."

As well as traditional stationery and office supplies, Colemans also has a craft warehouse in Rushden and runs The Oundle Bookshop.

The Oundle Bookshop

During lockdown the company has been able to continue trading offering a next-day delivery service.

Ms Coleman said: "We are operating a centralised free, next-day delivery service (no minimum order) from our central warehouse in Rushden - this has proved very popular.

"We are really looking forward to welcoming back our customers, and new ones too, and are just sorry that our service has been interrupted for so long but we have had to consider the welfare of our staff and the minimising of unnecessary travel as paramount at this very difficult time for everyone."

Colemans' delivery service can be contacted by calling 01933 419414.

Colemans Kettering

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