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Holland & Barrett opens new Dover store in St James’

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Original article from Kent Live

Holland & Barrett has opened a new and improved store in St James’.

The new 1378-square-foot store, made with sustainable materials, opened its doors to customers on Wednesday (September 1).

However, the move from the old building in Biggin Street to St James’ will leave another unit empty in the heart of town, where there is already a lot of empty shops.

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For health-conscious shoppers, the good news is that they will be better served by Holland & Barrett’s decision to move to the "more desirable shopping destination" of St James’.

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Customers can now get one-to-one advice from specialist colleagues who have the equivalent of an A-level in nutrition in the new consultation room.

Another new addition will be a designated Manuka Honey Bay.

The new store was built with materials that are all 100 per cent recyclable

Store manager Laura Godfrey, who has been with Holland & Barrett for more than 14 years, said:

“It’s fantastic for us to be moving to our new premises at St James’ and I can’t wait to start welcoming customers and showing them some of the great products we have to offer.

“As a team we are incredibly proud of the new store.”

The new premises is more environmentally friendly than the old Biggin Street shop and was built using materials that are all 100 per cent recyclable.

Adapting to COVID

During the pandemic many shoppers shifted to online shopping when they couldn’t get to the shops themselves and many businesses were forced to close when lockdowns were enforced.

Holland & Barrett, one of Europe’s largest health and wellness retailers, was one of the businesses that benefitted from this, despite most of their shops remaining open during successive lockdowns, as demand for vitamins and healthy eating increased, amid fears of catching the virus.

The new Holland & Barrett store in St James’ has two dedicated Click & Collect areas for customers who want to shop online and collect their shopping in-store.

Holland & Barrett joins Marks and Spencer, Shoe Zone and Superdrug in leaving the town centre for St James’, since it first opened in March 2018.

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