The LEGO Group has confirmed its plans to open a new LEGO Store in Bristol this year. The announcement was made via the Danish toymaker’s UK Facebook page with expectations for the store to be open this November.
The news arrives amid the recent hammering that the UK’s high streets have suffered at the hands of the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown measures taken to stave off its spread. Measures resulted in many shops up and down the country being temporarily closed for months.
Measures are currently in place in LEGO Store locations within the UK that include a temporary ban on the kind of in-store engagement that LEGO’s shopping locations are best known for. Shoppers are no longer allowed to handle LEGO Minifigures or scoop bricks to fill their cups at the brick stations located within the stores.
Despite the restrictions, LEGO is pressing ahead with its UK expansion with the opening of the new Bristol location this year.
First reported by BricksFanz, it’s as with all official LEGO Stores, fans can expect the Bristol branch to offer exclusive sets, the Build-a-Minifigure station, the Pick and Build wall, large scale LEGO installations, interactive displays and the opportunity to collect VIP points.
LEGO Stores reopened in England on June 16, after all stores around the world were closed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and measures to restrict its spread. Employees are now wearing face masks and should be practicing social distancing.
Alison Wood, LEGO Stores UK, Benelux and Scandinavia district senior manager, said: “We are so excited to bring a whole new play experience to all budding builders in Bristol. Whether you’re 1 or 100, there is something for you to get excited about – including the latest LEGO brick products and a range of exciting in-store play activities.”
The LEGO Store Bristol will be opening its doors before Christmas 2020, with the exact opening date to be confirmed later in 2020.