Shops Open Up

Posted 18th June 2020 by Dave Cross
VPZ, the UK’s leading vaping specialist, has over 150 stores across the UK. The Edinburgh company’s huge growth since 2012 was put on hold (like all stores) during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. As Britain takes steps to return to normality, it has reopened up 45 of its stores to the public.

VPZ Croydon has been one of the very first shops to reopen its doors. The store introduced customers to a new way of shopping on Monday 15th June through the implementation of a number of new safety measures, introduced in order to help keep staff and customers safe.

Doug Mutter, Director at VPZ said: “It has been a long road to get the stores in a position where they are completely safe for both customers and staff, but we are now in a position to reopen.

“The Croydon staff have been amazing, and it is through their hard work that we can open safely.

“We had trialled new procedures prior to lockdown which was very helpful. They provided us with awareness of what we had to put in place in advance of reopening the stores post-lockdown. We now know how best to keep the staff and customers safe.

“We are now in a position where we can have a completely contactless free process, whilst still offering advice and guidance to smokers who are looking to make the switch.”

VPZ has removed a number of services to help protect staff and customers, including removing all tester and sampling devices for customers, introducing a customer limit within stores and mark queuing lanes outside to limit contact between customers.

The following stores opened on Monday 15th June:

  • Croydon
  • Billericay
  • Islington
  • Newton Abbott
  • Liskeard
  • Putney
  • Lowestoft
  • Whitley Bay
  • Camborne
  • Castleford
  • Wimbledon
  • Stevenage
  • Hartlepool
  • Morpeth
  • York
  • Crawley
  • Corby
  • Gosforth
  • Thornaby
  • Birtley
  • Wood Green
  • Watford
  • Newbury
  • Ashington
  • North Shields
  • Sutton
  • Carlisle
  • Penzance
  • Harrogate
  • Newcastle
  • Lewisham
  • Kendal
  • St Austell
  • Leeds City
  • Bromley
  • Maidstone
  • Barrow In Furness
  • Sheffield
  • Nottingham
  • Darlington
  • Tooting
  • Berwick
  • Derby
  • Littleborough
  • Meanwood

Doug continued: “We looked at a number of options on how we can help smokers looking to quit, and the biggest challenge we have seen is that many smokers cannot find the right advice and guidance to help them quit.

“Stop smoking services have been slashed across the country and with the stores being closed we now have a lot of smokers who are looking to quit but haven’t been able to get the help needed.

“We know that a lot of smokers have used the lockdown as a time to finally quit smoking, but front line workers have been very busy so we hope that our donation can go some way to helping them quit and is our way of saying thank you.”

As VPZ sets to reopen stores across its entire UK network the full range of VPZ products are still available for delivery via the VPZ website. Home delivery services will continue as normal for those unable to visit a store.

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Article by Dave Cross
Freelance writer, physicist, karateka, dog walker