A Malvern garage has reopened its doors to motorists following a six-week closure due to the coronavirus – and it can already count on a special new customer.
The ETB depot, based in Spring Lane Industrial Estate, closed on April 1 in response to the Covid19 pandemic, with its four-man team furloughed until further notice. But with signs that people are slowly getting back to work - and a company promise to unlock the forecourt again as soon as it was appropriate to do so - the decision was made to lift the closure on Wednesday (13th).
In a good news story for centre manager Danny White, he can claim a new customer of sorts too, after his wife Bernadette gave birth to a baby girl when the coronavirus became a global pandemic.
Danny, aged 29 and a Malvern resident, said: “It has been a tough time being off, but the one silver lining was being able to spend time with my daughter Addison, which has been incredible.
“It was like extended paternity leave for me, so I have been able to enjoy some special moments which I wouldn’t have been able to experience otherwise. So I count my blessings and realise that it has not been so easy or memorable for others.”
The depot officially reopened on Wednesday (May 13th) with two members of staff back in-situ, while two other members remained furloughed for the time being. It is hoped that they will return to work soon, as ETB makes every effort to keep all of its garages open during these times.
ETB specialises in all automotive solutions including tyres, exhausts, batteries, wheel alignment, balancing brakes and services.
Danny said that it had been a quiet resumption to working life as their industrial estate location is usually busy with traffic.
“There are a lot fewer motorists about as many of the businesses remain closed, but we’re confident that trade will pick up in the coming weeks. We just want to let everyone know that we are there for them as and when they need us.”
Meanwhile, ETB’s Farrier Street depot in Worcester has also reopened its doors following a six-week period of closure due to lockdown.
Depot manager Andy Thomas and colleague Jake Wiggett returned to their forecourt on Wednesday and is urging motorists to make a visit, particularly if their cars have been off the road for an extended period of time due to self-isolation.
Andy, who has 25 years’ worth of experience with ETB, said: “There will be a lot of cars which haven’t been on the road for some time, so if motorists do have any concerns about their cars when making journeys again, then we want them to know we are here for them.”For more information on the Worcester, Farrier Street centre please click here
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