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John Lewis opening doors early in Cheltenham

Cheltenham will be among the first John Lewis stores to reopen when coronavirus restrictions are lifted next month.

Non-essential retailers are able to open again from June 15, providing there is no sharp rise in the number of cases and that shops are following strict safety guidance.

John Lewis has announced plans to open two shops - in Kingston and Poole - on June 15 and another 11 three days later.

Cheltenham's High Street store, which opened in October 2018 on the sit of the former Beechwood Shopping Centre, is among those resuming trading on Thursday, June 18.

John Lewis said the 13 initial shops had been chosen "primarily because of their accessibility by car" and will follow social distancing measures which have been in place at its Waitrose supermarkets.

A company statement said: "Depending on the response from customers and partners to our news ways of operation with respect to social distancing, more shops will open throughout the summer."

Fitting rooms and cafes will be shut with beauty counters and other services unavailable.

A limited number of shoppers will be allowed inside at any one time.

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