Mall retailers innovate to stay open for business

Retailers based in one if Rīga main shopping malls have acted quickly to stay open to the public despite the latest restrictions on whoch types of store can open in large-scale shopping centers.

As of today, 9 April, a unified order pickup point has been opened outdoors by the shopping and entertainment centre Akropole, where visitors will be able to receive previously purchased and paid items from Akropole stores. The order pickup point will operate outside the premises of Akropole, at the B entrance.

"The unified order pickup point has been established to continue to provide visitors with remotely purchased goods in the frame of the restrictions, while complying with all national restrictions and epidemiological safety measures - stickers for the required distance will be placed, hand disinfection equipment will be provided, also the employee of the order pickup point will monitor the product issuing process and compliance with epidemiological safety requirements and will also assist the recipients of orders in case of any uncertainties," said a release from the management of the shopping center.

A total of 14 stores will issue of remotely purchased goods at the Akropole B entrance - Nike, Milani, Samsung, iDeal, Euronics, LMT, TELE2, BITE, TET, Baltic Data, PSX.LV, Evelatus, Douglas, and L'Occitane. In the coming weeks, it is planned to add more stores to this list. 

Under the latest government rules, some store that had been operating 'pay online, collect in store' services within shopping malls wil not be able to do so in future. However, the fact that new collection point is outside and separate from the shopping center's floorspace allows them to comply with the new rules. Essentially, consumers will collect their goods outside instead of inside -- though there is nothing to stop shoppers venturing inside to the stores that are open, as well.

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