Bents prepare for Christmas following “strange year”


BENTS have officially launched for Christmas following a “strange year” combining the Centre’s beautiful displays and inspirational themes, with a carefully planned and controlled environment, to ensure the safest possible festive shopping experience for customers.

Whilst the layout may look a little different this year, the team has worked hard to ensure their much loved festive experience has the same magical wow factor, to help brighten up homes in a year that has brought many challenges.
Favourite features, such as Bents’ forest of real look trees, inspirational displays and festive lighting all return and have been relocated throughout the Centre to accommodate the existing one-way system and social distancing measures already in place.
Christmas also extends into Bents’ Open Skies Glass House which will feature a light tunnel as well as ideas for the festive garden and brightening up the outside of the home, a place which has grown ever more important during the last six months.
Matthew Bent, Managing Director at Bents Garden & Home said: “It has been a very strange year and one which has brought many changes and challenges, but since being able to re-open in May we have been committed to making Bents as safe and welcoming as possible and even more so as Christmas approaches.
“We want our customers to feel as safe as possible whilst also enjoying our festive environment and making plans for their celebrations. We’ve made big changes but still have incredible inspiration for both inside and out, helping make the home an even more special place to be this Christmas.”
This year’s themes include the Designer Touch safari scene, featuring faces from the jungle and desert plains as well as Cool Combinations, Sweet as Candy and Through the Woods. Changes have been made to the way decorations are displayed and packaged, to make shopping easier and safer, whilst not impacting on inspiration.
Bents continues to carefully control the number of customers in store, restricting entry with only two of entrances open and monitored by colleagues. Strict social distancing and one-way systems continue to be in place and cleaning stations are located throughout the store, all in addition to the stringent cleaning schedules and track and trace system that continues to operate throughout the store and its dining destinations.
Bents is now open from 8.30am – 9.00pm, Monday to Friday, which provides more choice as to when to visit and the Centre is working on a new solution for a better queuing experience.


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