Wilko axes pick n’ mix from shops over safety fears – The Sun

WILKO has temporarily axed pick n' mix from its stores to minimise the risk of coronavirus spreading.

The retailer remains open to shoppers for non-food essentials including toilet paper, bleach, over the counter medicine as well as baby and pet products.

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It's also selling DIY products and stationary to keep both adults and kids entertained at home.

Overall, two-thirds of what it sells is "non-food grocery" essentials, according to the retailer.

But shoppers will have to wait before they can nab their favourite sweets again in order to protect staff and customers alike.

Wilko said the pick n mix will be back "soon", but it hasn't clarified when.

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The retailer has also introduced increased cleaning practices, social distancing, rationing and queue marshalls.

In addition, stores are currently closing earlier at 5pm until further notice to give staff extra time to clean and stock shelves.

Before the coronavirus pandemic, some shops would close as late as 8pm.

Plus, it's ordered floor markings and protective screens to its stores similar to UK supermarkets.

Wilko has 416 stores across the UK. You can find your nearest one by using its store locator tool.

The retailer's website is also still up and running, but shoppers may experience delays to their home delivery orders.

Jerome Saint-Marc, chief executive of Wilko, said: "For everyone’s peace of mind we’re doing everything possible to protect both our team members and customers when you shop with us.

"I’d like to express my deep thanks to our loyal and hard-working team members who are doing their very best to make sure families across the UK have access to the household essentials they need despite the difficult circumstances.

"We’re here to help but kindly ask that you’re kind to everyone, maintain a safe distance, follow any instructions and pay by card as much as possible.”

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