Last updated: 27/11/21
Business as usual, but with a new normal
We remain open for self-service shopping in-store with our own containers. We are also continuing to provide online ordering for collection at the shop and home delivery. All the latest info can be found below.
From Tuesday 30th November 2021 we will be again asking all customers to wear a face covering (expect valid exemptions) for the duration of their visit inside the shop.
We are currently not limiting the number of people entering the shop, but during your visit, we ask that you respect the space around yourself and others and keep a safe distance from others. If you are visiting in a group of family or friends, please stay close to one another.
container weighing system
The biggest challenge we face is the potential spread via touching one set of customer’s containers at checkout and then the next customer’s. Even through frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitiser the risk is only reduced, so to eliminate this, we have reworked the system used to weigh containers. Containers will now get a barcoded sticker that is scanned at checkout, placed on the scales and then directly into bags, all by the customer, so there is no potential spread to the next customer which also reduces risk to staff.
We have installed a protective screen at the counter as this is one place where it is difficult to keep a 2 meter distance. Face masks will be worn by staff while on the shop floor, including packing online orders, but not while behind the counter as the protective screen provides this barrier.
On entering to the shop, we are providing sanitiser from our amazing supplier Miniml which is 62% Ethanol/Alcohol Content (Recommended by Public Health England). We also recommend following hand washing guidelines before and after shopping.
Cleaning has always been an important aspect of the daily routine in the shop, but we have upped the cleaning of all common touch points between customers, while high frequency touch points, such as dispenser handles, will be cleaned additional times as needed throughout the day.
One scoop, One product
Normally, we look to avoid anything single-use, but for now, we ask “one scoop, one product”. That means all loose equipment (scoops, spoons, tongs etc.) should be used for one product and then placed in a “dirty equipment” box to be cleaned. This is to reduce the possible spread of COVID-19 but importantly also for cross-contamination of products for others who suffer from food allergies.
Ordering for collection at the shop and home delivery remains available for those wishing to shield as much as possible.
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For anybody that has shopped with us during lockdown and bought liquid refills then you can keep the bottles you have received from us and continue to refill them. Any bottles you still have can be returned for a discount on your shopping. Similarly, any discount codes you still have can be redeemed when paying in-store. Please have your discount code ready at checkout to streamline this process. We will no longer be sending out codes to use on online collection orders so please only bring back empty bottles when you are either collecting an order or shopping in-store.