For a time, as the economy reopens after lockdown, shopping in Northern Ireland is going to feel like the era before shopping centres and big global names like Primark and Zara dominated.
From Monday, shops selling goods like electrical and homeware products will be able to open if they have an outside door which opens onto the street or into the open air in a retail park.
Those stipulations favour small department stores, which sell a varied range of products.
But shopping centres are not included - though in some cases many have been open to a limited degree because they are the location of key retailers like pharmacies and supermarkets.
Retail giant Primark - which mainly sells clothes, including from many shopping centre locations - has said it's unlikely to open in Northern Ireland until around the end of June.
Instead, in an interesting twist of fate, family-run retailers - including Menarys and department store Wardens of Newtownards - will reopen ahead of the big name rivals to which they've lost ground in recent years.
Jane Campbell, a director of Wardens, said she was looking forward to the full reopening next week. It has been running its hardware section over the last few weeks. "It's all been a challenge but we're lucky to have such a loyal customer base," she said.
Much of Belfast city centre's retail is also closed though a group of retailers have now banded together to look at opening together on June 15. However, there has been some fear that after going to the expense of reopening, there may simply not be enough footfall.
Others, which sell homeware and electrical goods as part of their offer, are expected to open next week.
Simon Hamilton, the chief executive of Belfast Chamber of Trade, said: "That is good news and will help to bring back some semblance of normality to the city.
"Belfast Chamber wants to see the remaining retailers able to open again as soon as possible. I hope that the Executive can soon give them the go ahead too."
And not only will shoppers find venturing into Belfast city centre very different in the next few weeks, due to the need for social distancing and queuing, but they'll also find that some favourite retail names are now missing.
Fashion chains Warehouse and Oasis, as well as fancy goods shop Cath Kidston, have gone into administration - leaving gaps in Victoria Square shopping centre, on Donegall Place and on Arthur Street respectively.
Mr Hamilton said: "Clearly, the restrictions imposed on retail by the coronavirus pandemic has already created some casualties on our high streets.
"That will create some vacant units in our city centre. Hopefully, allowing stores to reopen safely and let them start trading again will help to support a sector that has been hard hit.
"What is for sure, the longer restrictions on opening go on, then the harder it will be for some shops to reopen."
Stephen McCammon, the owner of independent chain Menarys, said he will be able to open up again as the majority of his shops sell items such as bed linen and other homewares.
Menarys also stocks clothing and Mr McCammon also confirmed that it will be available to buy.
But with changing rooms closed off, people will have to try on what they buy in their own homes.
And after bringing the returns back in, Mr McCammon confirmed the goods will be "quarantined" before they are put on sale again.
Glyn Roberts, chief executive of Retail NI, said it was reassuring that retailers were reopening.
"Fashion retailers should also be allowed to reopen, we're hoping to discuss this with the Economy Minister this week," he said.
"We also need a complementary reopening programme for towns and centres to make sure they are safe and welcome places, with sanitation, signage, deep cleaning and public transport all properly organised.
"We think that instead of having another phase of reopening on June 15, the retail sector in its entirety should be reopening to a coherent plan."
And he said childcare provision should also be reopened to allow more retailers to get staff back to work.
Mr McCammon said Menarys - which has 300 staff of its own, while another 300 work on concessions - has been grateful for government support through the job retention scheme.
"We're also encouraged by change of stance on rates with extending the business rates exemption until the end of the year.
"But in this period of time, we've lost a very significant amount of income, we still have landlords to pay for periods of time and other costs ramping up which leaves a big financial hole. But we have bridged that hold with a Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan (CBIL) with Bank of Ireland."
He has also been campaigning with other Northern Ireland multiples - including Argento, DV8 and SD Kells - over limits to the NI Executive's £25,000 and £10,000 grant schemes.
The conditions of the grants mean that a business with multiple premises can still only avail of one grant.
"We've been closed for the entire period but other shops have been open and been trading quite well but have got the same £25,000 grant," he said.
"But we have about 180 shops between us and have contributed massively to the Northern Ireland high street over many, many years and only getting one grant.
"In Scotland they considered it as well but changed the policy after a massive outpouring. After everything we have continually done in job creation and personal risk we are being penalised and we'll continue to lobby for help to address that massive shortfall in income we've all suffered."
The majority of Mr McCammon's 300 staff have been on furlough, though small numbers have returned to help prepare the stores for reopening. More will come back next week but he said they won't be in large numbers.
"Based on what we've seen in rest of Europe we don't expect sales performance to be anything like it was pre-Covid," he added.
Peter Murray, the manager of Buttercrane Shopping Centre in Newry, said it had remained open as it has key retailers such as Holland and Barrett, as well as Halifax bank.
He said there was huge demand from shoppers for the reopening of the centre's phone shop. And there was also strong demand from fans of Primark, another anchor retailer in the shopping centre.
But he said visiting a shopping centre would no longer be the leisurely experience it once was.
"The mall seats have gone, so socialising in the mall has gone... It really is a changed world in that regard," he explained.