Northern Ireland's family retailers will steal a march ahead of giants like Primark as they gear up to reopen on Monday ahead of bigger rivals.
Menarys, one of NI's biggest independent chains, will raise the shutters on 12 of its 17 stores on Monday.
Stephen McCammon, managing director of Menarys, has said he has implemented social distancing measures in his stores - and that changing rooms will be out of bounds.
But he said the commercial world would not be the same as it had been on the last day of trading for his business before lockdown.
Monday sees the opening of "lower frequency" shops such as those selling electrical goods, furniture and homewares, under the NI Executive's five-step plan to reopen the economy. Shops must also have direct street access or direct access within a retail park and larger floor areas. Fashion giant Primark yesterday indicated it is unlikely to reopen in Northern Ireland until late June.
Wardens of Newtownards, one of Northern Ireland's best-known department stores, is also reopening in full on Tuesday.
Mr McCammon said his stores qualify for reopening next week because they sell homewares such as bed linen and electrical goods.
However, other Menarys stores which only sell clothes or are located in shopping centres will not be included in next week's reopening plan.
Mr McCammon said Menarys would have not been able to remain in business without an emergency loan which it had been able to take out through the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme.
"Without us taking on debt we would not be able to get through this. It's going to take us several years to get to where we were before. We need to remember the commercial world post-lockdown won't be the same as the commercial world we left on March 22."
He said customers will be able to buy clothes in those stores which open next Monday but that they will not be able to try on items on the shopfloor.
Mr McCammon said it had been able to road test the reopening process when it reopened its concession in Coleman's Garden Centre near Templepatrick last month. "Now we've 12 stores opening next Monday in Northern Ireland and two in the south. They are in retail parks or high street locations with their own doors, and a heavy presence of household homewares or electrics. As for fashion, the majority of our concessions are planning to come back and fashion product will be available but fitting rooms won't be open.
"In terms of social distancing and controlling the flow of shoppers, that will be done very very tightly."