Ready for customers – staff celebrate inside the new store. Pictures: Paul Tibbs

There were queues outside the doors yesterday as arts and crafts retailer Hobbycraft opened its new store in King’s Lynn.

The opening at Unit 2A Hardwick Retail Park has created 18 new jobs after attracting more than 460 applications for the vacancies in a variety of roles.

In line with current Covid restrictions, safety measures have been put in place at the new store with social distancing,   a queue management system outside and a dedicated member of staff appointed as door monitor to manage entry.

A limited number of customers will be allowed in store at any time and distance markers and sanitisation points have been installed. 

 Customers will be able to clean their hands, baskets and trolley handles, a store spokesman said.

Checkout staff will have screens and be appropriately spaced and will wear personal protective equipment. 

The spokesman said all areas will have stringent cleaning regimes.

Along with crafting products, the store has a dedicated custom crafting area designed to inspire shoppers as well as encourage them to try out products and crafting techniques.

There will be crafting team experts in hobbies including crochet, knitting and needle felting.

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