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'Please support us' - South Holland shops and gyms eager to welcome customers

Traders are eagerly looking forward to welcoming customers back into their businesses on Monday when restrictions are lifted.

Non-essential shops and gyms will be able to reopen their doors under the latest stage of the Prime Minister’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Businesses across Crowland, Donington, Holbeach and Long Sutton as well as Spalding are making preparations to welcome customers.

Antoinette Young.
Antoinette Young.

Donington trader Antoinette Young, of Antoinette’s Vintage, says excitement is building as people are eager to get back into the shops.

She said: “We have been getting ready and we are really looking forward to opening on Monday. I have had people banging on the window as they are so keen.”

Yvonne Porter-Smith outside Fabric Fae in Holbeach. (44400162)
Yvonne Porter-Smith outside Fabric Fae in Holbeach. (44400162)

Holbeach retailer Yvonne Porter-Smith, of Fabric Fae, says the town has a lot to offer.

She said: “Holbeach is an up and coming town with a lot of renovated building.

“We have quite a lot of shops with Funky Dora’s, Irresistibles and Cards and More.”

Elaine Tunnard owns the well-known Sheila Tiller shops in Long Sutton is feeling positive for Monday.

She said: “I am looking forward greatly to reopening. It has been hard for everyone but I am feeling positive.

“I hope that people will come to look at shops before buying online from people that are faceless and are not part of the community.

“I think people have missed the person to person contact.”

The Market House in Long Sutton will reopen on Monday, April 12.

Adam Jones.
Adam Jones.

Owner Adam Jones will be welcoming his first client back to Everybody’s Gym in Spalding at 7am on Monday.

Mr Jones, who has been nominated for a ‘lockdown legend’ award for Jordan Fitness, said: “We have a few people booked in throughout the day and up to 9pm when we close.

“Being able to reopen means everything to me as we have been closed for three months. I have been training people outside but I have missed the whole community aspect of the gym.”

Customers will see some changes when Flowers N Things reopens - with gifts being moved into Pennington’s Gifts and Coffee shop.

Owner Anna Avery said “It is going to be very exciting to be open.”

Shoppers will be returning to Springfields Outlet Shopping and Leisure from 9.30am. Faith Horne, marketing manager, said: “It’s been a long-time coming, but it’s here now. Springfields is looking its absolute best.”

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