Olympian Gail Emms shares her first shopping experience

Sports star shops at intu Milton Keynes.

This week, Olympian Gail Emms made her first visit to a shopping centre since non-essential retailers closed in March, at intu Milton Keynes.

The sports personality, badminton Olympic silver medallist and MBE visited the centre on Wednesday in a bid to show people how safe shopping is. Wearing her camouflage face covering, Gail visited several brands to buy clothes, including Topshop, Gap, H&M and Victoria’s Secret.

“As my first visit to a shopping centre for months, I’m surprised at how normal everything feels,” Gail commented. “People are all wearing masks and keeping their distance, which makes me feel safe and reassured, plus the staff in the shops do everything to make you feel very welcome and relaxed.”

Since the government announced the reopening non-essential stores from 15 June, intu Milton Keynes has seen most of its stores reopen and footfall increasing weekly.

Shelley Peppard, general manager at intu Milton Keynes said: “It’s extremely exciting to see people coming back to the centre with our numbers increasing each week and doing so safely. It was great to see Gail shopping with us and to hear about her experience, to show people what it’s like to visit the centre and how shopping can still be fun.

“We’re continuing to do everything we can to make sure intu Milton Keynes is a safe place to visit and work and have safety measures in place. We’re also asking visitors to their part too by wearing a face covering, using the hand sanitisation stations and observing social distancing.

“Although things may feel a little different to normal, it’s been wonderful to hear that people like Gail have found their visit to intu Milton Keynes fun and enjoyable.”

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