Our stores will be able to open on April 12th – that’s the plan !
Our website and online ordering has managed to handle the demand over the past few weeks and we hope that parents have been able to order and indeed have received their items. We are aware of some delays with suppliers and I think that is something that will continue over the coming months as the rest of the world continues to struggle with Covid. As I am sure you are aware very few countries are as far ahead as the UK in vaccinations and as a result there are still many issues around the world resulting in delays.
Last year the uniform appointment system was so successful that we intend to operate it again this year. We found that parents loved the personal service and convenience of turning up at a time of their choosing and being sure of receiving a personal and dedicated service. I will contact you all with more information on this in a few weeks time when we have firmed up the dates these will be available from and until. There will be a link from our website to allow parents to book.
Social distancing looks set to remain a thing throughout the summer and so we will be strongly advising parents to book appointments as we will only be allowing so many people into the store at any one time. If they do not make appointments they may be disappointed that they have to queue to get into the shop.
The cut off date this year will be of paramount importance. Last year parents left it until the last few days to come to stores to buy uniform or to do it online. This was not unique to PMG but experienced by all of our competitors. This was overwhelming and led to long queues outside shops, disgruntled parents and most importantly stocks running out as parents left it until the last minute and then were disappointed when suppliers ran out of stock. Most of the stock is imported from Asia and so it cannot be replenished quickly. We find that it’s the existing parents who are more of a concern than new starters who tend to be keen to get the uniform. We will send you the cut off date before which parents must purchase.