The company is trialling its first dry cleaning facility in its Boroughbridge store in Yorkshire, emulating the success of the operations in Safeway.
The store, run by Andrew Capstick, is this week’s winner of The Grocer 33’s Top Store title.
A spokesman for Morrisons said that dry cleaning had been a key part of the Safeway offer and something that Morrisons was keen to develop further.
He said: “Safeway was one of the UK’s biggest dry cleaning operators and it is definitely a service we want to incorporate into our offer going forward.”
Boroughbridge was going through refurbishment and the necessary space for dry cleaning had become available.
The roll-out into the rest of the Morrisons estate will take place organically and will depend on whether the particular area is right for such a service and whether space is available. Installation will be most likely during a refurbishment.
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Constellation Brands’ $3.2bn debt burden may hinder its chances of raising the finances to fund an offer for Allied Domecq, say industry insiders. A consortium led by Constellation made an indicative cash offer earlier this month of about £7.7bn compared with Pernod Ricard’s earlier bid of £7.4bn. Speculation continues that Diageo is in talks with Bacardi about a third consortium.
The first female president of the Advertising Association says advocating the responsible promotion of brands is among her key priorities for the year ahead. Penny Hughes, a former UK and Ireland president of Coca-Cola, formally took over from Niall FitzGerald at the AA’s annual lunch this week.
Hard discounter Aldi is running a price-cutting campaign in view of increased competition from Tesco. As part of ‘Pushing Down the Cost of Shopping’, it has slashed prices on fresh produce and grocery lines.
Dhamecha Cash & Carry has launched an aggressive plan to boost numbers of retailers signed up to its Day 1 symbol group fascia. Chief executive Pradip Dhamecha said more than 30 retailers had signed up so far, in line with targets announced last year (‘Still making waves’, The Grocer, October 30, p30).
Tesco is flying the green flag by offering a higher class of environmentally friendly petrol to millions of its customers. More than 150 Tesco petrol stations in the south east are selling the new unleaded petrol, which costs the same as standard unleaded, contains 5% of the renewable product bio-ethanol, and delivers lower gas emissions.
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