All shops will finally be allowed to reopen in Wales on Monday as more lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Many retailers have revealed their plans for reopening on April 12. It will be the first time shoppers will be able to step foot inside non-essential retail stores since December.

The phased reopening of non-essential retail began on Monday, March 22, when the ban on what stores and supermarkets already open could sell was lifted.

Since then First Minister Mark Drakeford has listed key dates for coming out of lockdown in Wales. As well as non-essential retail reopening, schools can fully reopen to all pupils following the Easter break and close contact services can also open again. You can read about all the changes from April 12 and the key dates in May here.

Here's what you can expect if you're heading to Primark, Next, Ikea or Debenhams when they reopen their doors again.

Primark

People queue outside Primark in the centre of Cardiff as the firebreak lockdown ends in Wales

Last year, shoppers queued outside stores for hours after the first and fire-break lockdown was lifted.

The affordable retailer has eight shops across Wales, which can be found in Cardiff, Newport, Cwmbran, Llandudno, Wrexham, Llanelli, Swansea, and Broughton.

Following government guidance, there will be strict social distancing guidelines in place, which includes limits on the number of customers and mandatory face coverings.

Primark is planning to offer extended opening hours across almost every store in England and Wales to help reduce queues, spread demand and give customers more time to shop safely.

For the first week initially, stores will open for two extra hours per day on average, typically an hour earlier and later, with times varying by store.

Primark chief executive Paul Marchant said: “Safety remains at the front of our minds.

“We have extended opening hours across almost all of our stores to help meet demand safely but we’re also asking our customers to keep up the support and spirit they showed last year, particularly if queuing outside or in-store.”

You can find out the exact opening hours of your local Primark by visiting their website and checking out the store locator.

Next

Capital Retail Park, Leckwith, Cardiff last year

The retailer has said all stores already have pre-set customer capacities from when they were previously open - this is so stores are not overcrowded and everyone can stay socially distanced.

The changing rooms, however, will remain closed. There will be hand sanitiser stations and shoppers will of course have to wear face coverings, unless exempt.

When it comes to opening times, Its best to check Next up-to-date store finder online.

Ikea

Ikea in Cardiff

Although you will be able to shop inside the Cardiff store, in line with Government guidelines the restaurant will remain closed for now. Extensive measures are in place to help ensure the safety of customers and co-workers.

An Ikea spokesman told WalesOnline: "For a number of weeks we have been working towards ensuring our store is ready to safely welcome back customers.

"We look forward to reopening our Cardiff store on 12th April.

"With life at home more important than ever, our store will be ready to welcome customers back, with extensive measures in place to help ensure the safety of our customers and co-workers."

According to the website, the opening hours for the Cardiff store will be 10am-8pm Monday-Saturday and 11am-5pm on Sunday.

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Debenhams

Debenhams stores are closing nationwide.

Debenhams is reopening for one last time on Monday and they are holding a massive closing down sale so don't miss out.

In January 2021, the cherished department retailer announced it would close all its stores. The department chain fell into administration twice in recent times.

The store is holding a final closing down sale from April 12, with up to 70% off fashion and home products, and up to 50% off beauty and fragrance lines.

The stores are reopening as part of Debenhams’ final stock liquidation process and will continue to trade for a limited number of weeks until the stock in the stores is fully cleared.

Stocks are limited and expected to sell out quickly so shoppers have been urged to visit their nearest store quickly to avoid disappointment.

All stores have been made Covid-secure, with appropriate hygiene and social distancing measures in place. The retailer will also be limiting the number of customers in store at any one time.

A spokesman for Debenhams said: “This is the last chance for customers in England and Wales to visit their local Debenhams before sadly our stores close for good.

"We will be reopening with a fantastic range of offers and discounts across all of our customers’ favourite brands and products.

"We are very grateful for the efforts of our staff who have worked so hard throughout the most difficult of circumstances to keep the business trading”.

Shops will be opening in Bangor, Cardiff, Carmarthen, Llandudno, Llanelli, Newport, Swansea and Wrexham.

Debenhams said that the opening hours for the Welsh stores next week will be 10am-5pm.