Builders' merchants Chadwicks Group said it will reopen its branches nationwide from May 18 to cater for the construction industry as restrictions on the industry begin to lift.

Chadwicks closed its 50 branches nationwide in late March as part of the national effort to safeguard public health and help prevent the spread of Covid-19. 

An emergency delivery service was made available for HSE projects and essential business maintenance during the closure to ensure essential services could keep functioning during the closure. 

It said that while its branches have been closed, the Chadwicks Group team has spent €200,000 to adapt its operational procedures and to implement rigorous new health and safety protocols. 

These have been designed to protect customers and colleagues while also making the experience as easy as possible for customers.

The company said that all of its staff have been trained on the new protocols which include hygiene, delivery procedures, social distancing and footfall management.

Chadwicks Group operates 50 branches around the country including Chadwicks, Heiton Buckley, The Panelling Centre, Davies and Cork Builders Providers.

Customers are being encouraged where possible to pre-order with their local branch via phone or email and orders will be available for collection at the branch.