A massive 112 Wickes stores are now open (Since Thursday May 14) with a further 100 to follow next week. The stores, which are using strict social distancing measures, open at 7am or 8am. However, Wickes online orders are open all the time, with home delivery or click and collect available, and there is NO QUEUE at all.
There's also no need to wash your hands after shopping online, unless your keyboard is really disgusting. I know mine is.
The full list of six Wickes stores already open, plus the 106 opening tomorrow, can be found below.
As well as home delivery for online orders, Wickes is also offering click and collect during the week, between 6am and 3pm. It’s a contactless version of click and collect on ‘essential items only’.
There is usually a 'queue' to get on the Wickes website (just as there almost certainly will be at the stores should you choose to head to one). The website queue has recently been as long as an hour's wait or sometimes 'more than an hour', which could mean anything. However, right now there is NO QUEUE! So head to Wickes now, where DIY delights await you…
You won't be surprised to learn that Wickes online ordering for home delivery and click and collect is in major demand. On click and collect, Wickes says, ‘Some collections will not be available for 8 hrs or [until the] next day. Please wait for confirmation that your order is ready before visiting the store.’
However, the good news for those wanting home delivery is that the queue subsides in the evening and on Sunday, because you can't book click and collect after 3pm.
Ordering online for home delivery is always available. Unlike for collection, Wickes is now back to selling its entire range for home delivery rather than just what it judges to be 'essentials'. So unlike at B&Q, you can buy paint, for instance.
For that reason, we suggest you join that queue and eschew B&Q.
The 'essentials' are the only things you can order for click and collect. These are limited to goods from the following departments: electrical, plumbing, building materials, security, power tools, central heating, screws and fixing, and sealants and adhesives.
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When will Wickes shops open?
Wickes has been trialling re-opening its stores, with branches in Pudsey, Cheltenham, Preston, Sevenoaks, Cricklewood and Hailsham open to the public from 7am. From tomorrow (Thursday May 14), it will open the gargantuan list of further stores below. From Andover to Wrexham, there shall be rejoicing amongst the DIY community.
In addition to the new social distancing measures, the trial stores will operate shorter opening hours on Monday to Saturday, opening at 7am or 8am – it varies by store, and alas, Wickes has not seen fit to tell us which ones open at 7 and which at 8 – so check their website or phone a friend. They will close at either 4pm or 5pm – no, again, we don't know. On Sunday, 1970s-style trading hours of 10am to 4pm will be in place.
Each of the stores will limit the number of customers in the shop at any one time, while clear signage and floor markers will advise customers to keep two metres apart. Additionally, each shop has installed perspex screens at the tills and service stations, and colleagues on the shop floor will be using PPE. Sanitising stations will be installed for customer use.
Please note that re-opened Wickes stores will only accept card and contactless payments.
Services such as timber cutting and paint mixing will not be available during the trial period and showroom kitchen and bathroom design appointments are only available to customers virtually.
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Due to the UK lockdown, DIY store Wickes has closed its shops other than to cars picking up click and collect orders from the car park. There is no indication when or if they will re-open.
Under current government guidance, Wickes is allowed to be open, but in order to follow different government guidance relating to the safety of its staff, it has closed its stores.
Despite warning that, 'availability may at times be limited' and that they are, 'unlikely to have availability for Next Day delivery on most lines and locations,' Wickes continues to offer home delivery from Wickes.co.uk.
Click and collect orders at Wickes can be placed from Monday to Saturday, 6am to 3pm. Orders can only be placed on a ‘limited selection’ of items (see above) – that means the ones highlighted on the home page, not the ones in the usual Wickes shopping menus at the top of the page.
Collection is from outside the front entrance of Wickes local stores on a ‘contactless‘ basis, although Wickes staff can assist with carrying goods to the car, so long as you maintain a distance of 2 metres.
We are a little concerned that offering click and collect will cause demand to surge to the point where a) the website crashes and b) click and collect suddenly ceases to be available. However at present Wickes is online, but with virtual queues in place at times.
Should you find the Wickes website is not working you can try the B&Q online store or the Homebase online store. Both of these Wickes rivals continue to offer online ordering, home delivery and click and collect – again from the car park rather than going in to the shops.
If you want a DIY, home and garden store that has branches open and offers 'standard home delivery', Wilko is the only large chain offering both, with some but not all its stores open.
You may also be asking "Is John Lewis open today?" The answer is "no" but hit the link if you want to read the latest on when the stores will reopen. (Spoiler: they could begin to open in mid-May.)
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Is Wickes online ordering open?
Yes. Home and garden equipment and building materials can be ordered at Wickes.co.uk. Due to unprecedented demand there may be delays to delivery times and there will be few to no next-day deliveries, although this may vary by area.