Massive queues formed as home furnishings retailer Ikea opened its doors for the first time in months in Belfast on Monday.
The city saw some of the UK’s longest lines, which were patrolled by social distance wardens, running along the main road outside the store.
Samantha Fisher and her daughter Atlanta, from Groomsport, near Bangor in Co Down, queued from 8am.
They have a bedroom to furnish which has lain empty for weeks during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
Ms Fisher said: “I wanted my dressing table.
“My room is empty because I did it up a few months ago and it is just a big space ready for it to go in.
“So that will be my husband’s job tonight, to build it and put it together.”
They also bought mirrors, blankets and outdoor furnishings.
People were allowed into the cavernous store in small numbers from 9am.
Extra screens have been installed to protect staff and wipes were available at pay points.
Ms Fisher said: “Everybody was very helpful.”
She worked for Flybe and was made redundant at the start of March when the airline collapsed.
So that will be my husband’s job tonight, to build it and put it togetherSamantha Fisher
Her daughter was studying and said everything had been put on pause.
Ms Fisher said: “Things are starting to change a bit now, at least you are able to get out of the house and see your friends.
“I feel sorry for the young ones because they are missing all their friends.”
The Stormont Executive announced recently that some large lower footfall or outdoor stores like garden centres could begin to reopen as part of the easing of lockdown.
Most non-essential retailers have been shuttered since March to inhibit the spread of coronavirus.