Shops see ‘regular Saturday crowds’, no problems

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In most cities in the Netherlands it is not so bad with the crowds, indicate large retail chains. Few problems arose on the first day that shops were allowed to open again after four weeks of lockdown. “In terms of crowds, it resembles a normal Saturday,” summarizes a Blokker spokeswoman.

The household store chain also notices that customers are especially happy that they can shop again. “It’s different in a store than online,” said the spokeswoman. “You can look around and come across articles that you also need.” This additional sale is also important for Blokker. “Yeah, we should be talking about that too.”

The crowds were not too bad at Action. “With one customer per 5 square meters, we can handle a normal customer flow,” says a spokesperson for the budget chain. “And it was there today.” A spokesperson for perfumery chain ICI Paris XL also talks about a “normal Saturday crowd”. “It is pleasantly busy, but without it becoming unsafe”, he saw himself during a visit to the city center of Haarlem.

In Roermond it was already fairly busy in the city in the morning. The outlet center was not too busy. The Designer Outlet Center had expected a large influx from Germany, but it did not materialize. Often the N280 from the German border is so full that traffic jams arise, but this was not the case.

In Hoorn, North Holland, many people went to the city center, which meant that many parking spaces on the edge of the center were full. At the MediaMarkt and Gamma hardware store on the outskirts of the city, the parking lot was almost full.

The same image was seen at the Maxis shopping center along the A1 in Muiden. According to a HEMA employee, it was a madhouse there in the morning. “As if HEMA had never been open before.” During the day the crowds decreased somewhat.

Shops see ‘regular Saturday crowds’, no problems
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