'Sooner than we thought': Early mark for retailers as stores reopen

4/05/2020 11:33:00 AM

Retailers are hoping shoppers will be eager to return to brick-and-mortar stores after weeks of shopping online amid the five-week coronavirus-induced shutdown.

Australian retailers will start to reopen stores this week thanks to the easing of restrictions in some states and territories, putting an earlier-than-expected end to a five-week shutdown

Retailers are hoping shoppers will be eager to return to brick-and-mortar stores after weeks of shopping online amid the five-week coronavirus-induced shutdown.

Larger text size Very large text size Australian retailers will start to reopen stores this week thanks to the easing of restrictions in some states and territories, putting an earlier-than-expected end to a five-week shutdown that has decimated sales.The official start to the ski season is still five weeks away, but resorts in New South Wales and Victoria are reporting perfect conditions after significant snow falls this weekend.Can I go to the beach this weekend? However, special-events florists, like Debbi Weiss of Sydney's Bellevue Hill, have struggled.Education minister 'overstepped the mark' in Vic premier criticism 04/05/2020 | 1min Education Minister Dan Tehan admits he "overstepped the mark" in criticising the Victorian Premier for failing to reopen schools in the state, contrary to federal advice.

ASX-listed linen seller Adairs and outdoor apparel merchant Kathmandu have either already reopened a number of outlets or plan to before the end of the week, with both retailers hoping shoppers will be eager to go to stores after weeks of shopping online.Kathmandu chief executive officer Reuben Casey Kathmandu chief executive Reuben Casey told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald the outdoor and camping gear chain opened 60 stores over the weekend, mainly across New South Wales and Queensland, as those states A handful of trial stores were also opened in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, all of which saw strong demand, Mr Casey said.4C on Sunday morning Strong winds that caused damage across Victoria have eased The cold snap that brought lower-than-average temperatures and strong winds to south-east Australia, damaging trees and buildings, provided unforeseen joy to the Snowy Mountains.This outcome has prompted Kathmandu to accelerate the reopening of its 120 stores." But from the depths of despair, Ms Weiss and other under-employed florists have started a goodwill movement called #lovefeelgoodflowers.Advertisement "We've been encouraged by the demand we've had over the weekend, we do think customers are willing to get out and shop," he said.The nearby Thredbo resort received another 5cm of snow for a two-day tally of 55cm."We're going state by state, depending on what the restrictions are, though we're hoping to have all stores opened by the end of this week.

" Adairs CEO Mark Ronan has been encouraged by Australia's effective control of COVID-19.A cold snap brought early snow to Australia's ski fields, including Thredbo where 55 centimetres fell over the weekend."It's been wonderful getting great responses from people, because flowers bring the smiles and bring the joy to people," Ms Weiss said.Similarly, Adairs will reopen its larger format stores in Queensland from Thursday, May 7, with the rest of its 160 stores to progressively reopen after that.Chief executive Mark Ronan admitted he was surprised to be opening stores so soon, saying he expected the shutdown to last longer.The coldest recorded temperature this morning was -4 degrees Celsius at Mt Hotham, almost 4C below average."Definitely we thought they would have been closed for longer, but the good work the government and Australians themselves have done."They have a certain magic that you just can't get any other way, so it's been a wonderful initiative..4C, 3.

.meant that we've been able to reopen them much faster than we thought," he said.But elsewhere, Sunday saw milder conditions across Australia in contrast to 24 hours earlier when even some Queensland towns reported sub-zero temperatures.Queensland stores will reopen first, as residents there have been permitted to leave home for Mr Ronan said, noting Adairs would want to see similar restrictions lifted in other states before reopening stores en masse.Loading Despite the positive news, Adairs shares on Monday slid 3.But after a warmer few days, another low from Western Australia will head east and could mean a return to colder-than-average temperatures from Thursday onwards.9 per cent to $1.

47, while Kathmandu shares declined 3.( AAP: Michael Dodge ) Strong winds in Victoria saw the State Emergency Service (SES) receive more than 700 calls for help over the past four days, with a particularly busy Saturday.4 per cent to 71¢.Both Adairs and Kathmandu have had physical stores shuttered since late March, when an escalation in coronavirus infection rates and the implementation of strict social distancing measures prompted."We've had two events going in Victoria for the SES, which is some riverine flooding up in the north-east and the severe wind along the coastal areas and also in the Alpine areas," SES Duty Officer Laura Dewildt said, adding that more stable conditions had improved the situation.

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Can’t wait to get out & support them! Early mark Who's been a good doggie then? but who will go shopping except for essentials. remember the virus is still present in the community and many people are still fearful of loosing or have lost their jobs and have little excess disposable income.

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