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Homebase in Oban reopened this week with a run on popular DIY goods and customers facing a series of social distancing rules.
The home retailer closed its chain of branches across the UK on March 25 but is now welcoming customers back inside, including its store on Lochavullin Drive.
To avoid unnecessary entry into the Oban store, staff have advertised goods which are out of stock.
Items out of stock in Oban today included white masonry paint, masonry brushes, green and dark shed and fence paint, Lay-Z-Spas, building sand, bedding plants and vegetable plants.
On Wednesday morning the shelves were also cleared of builders’ respirators and protective goggles in a sign of growing public appetite for safety gear.
The store in Oban has rolled out measures which are likely to become the norm for the foreseeable future until a vaccine for the coronavirus is found.
Friendly staff were on hand to manage entry, with customers offered hand sanitisers.
Posters advising shoppers to maintain two-metre social distancing are now widespread inside and out.
A Homebase spokeswoman said: ‘All stores have been carefully set up and modified, where needed, to ensure they can be run safely for everyone.
‘Homebase has introduced wide-ranging measures which include Perspex screens at tills, guidelines on the floor to maintain strict social distancing and accepting card payments only.’
Staff at the Oban store have personally thanked customers via its Facebook page and said it been operating with a smaller team of staff.