BRITS who are worrying about sending Christmas cards during lockdown might be wondering if Card Factory is open.It’s bad news for fans of the gift sto
BRITS who are worrying about sending Christmas cards during lockdown might be wondering if Card Factory is open.
It’s bad news for fans of the gift store chain in England as its shops are currently shut – but you can still place orders online.
Card Factory hasn’t been classed as an “essential” retailer by the UK government.
Its stores in England were closed on November 5 and won’t open again until December 2.
But its branches in Scotland and Northern Ireland are open, while its Wales shops reopened today following the end of the country’s 17-day lockdown.
Card Factory isn’t the only place to get cards though.
What businesses can remain open during the second lockdown?
SHOPPERS in England can still visit the following stores and businesses during the second lockdown:
- Convenience stores
- Food markets
- Corner shops
- Takeaways and food deliveries
- Off licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol (including breweries)
- Pharmacies and chemists
- Hardware stores
- Building merchants and building services
- Petrol stations
- Car repair and MOT services
- Bicycle shops
- Taxi or vehicle hire businesses
- Building societies
- Credit unions
- Short term loan providers
- Savings clubs
- Cash points
- Currency exchanges
- Money transfer shops
- Post offices
- Funeral directors
- Laundrettes and dry cleaners
- Dental services
- Hearing services
- Mental health services
- Pet shops
- Agricultural supplies shop
- Storage and distribution facilities
- Car parks
- Public toilets
- Garden centres
- Retail shops in hospitals
Most supermarkets sell cards and you’ll also likely find cards in your local corner shops.
There are plenty of online retailers that sell cards too, such as Moonpig – although this may be more expensive than Card Factory.
What time is Card Factory open in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland?
Opening hours will vary depending on your location – so it’s best to use the online store finder tool to see when your nearest branch is open.
Typically, shops are open from 9am until 6pm, Monday to Friday, but some stores in shopping centres do stay open as late as 9pm.
On Sundays, opening hours are usually 10am or 11am until 4pm or 5pm.
Card Factory has more than 1,000 shops in the UK and Ireland.
How do I order from Card Factory online?
You can order from Card Factory direct through its website.
Card Factory offers free first class delivery with all personalised card purchases.
This doesn’t apply to standard cards – only cards that you can customise.
For items that aren’t personalised, 24-hour tracked delivery costs £4.99, and 48-hour tracked delivery costs £2.99.
Standard cards start from 79p – but keep in mind you’ll need to pay postage – while personalised cards – which offer free delivery – start from £1.79.
Click and collect isn’t available on cards from Card Factory.
The gift store chain previously offering click and collect from select locations for balloons and displays – but the webpage where you place an order is currently unavailable.
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