Source: Morrisons

A new Market Street hygiene assistant will be posted to all stores

Morrisons has announced plans for all of its nearly 500 stores to receive a three-week deep-clean, in a bid to make shoppers “feel safe in store”.

The retailer said it was ordering new equipment and employing thousands of additional cleaning staff for the task. This comes on top of the £25m it has already spent to implement store safety measures, including Perspex screens, PPE for staff and floor markings and visible signage during lockdown.

Morrisons said 2,240 new cleaning roles would be created, including a new Market Street hygiene assistant posted to all stores.

It said the move would allow Morrisons food makers to concentrate on their butcher, baker, fishmonger, deli, greengrocer and florist department roles.

It added almost 30,000 more hours each week would be put into Morrisons’ existing housekeeping and core cleaning roles, which it said would see toilets, shelving and “high touch” areas being cleaned even more frequently.

The retailer said the cleaning would be completed overnight, meaning no store closures would need to take place.

New welcome cleaning stations are also being fitted at all store entrances, providing antibacterial wipes for baskets and trolleys, as well as hand sanitiser.

“The hygiene within our stores has become more important than ever due to the impact of Covid-19,” said Jayne Wall, operations director at Morrisons.

“We want to make sure our customers feel as safe as possible when doing their grocery shopping with us. So we’ve made this multimillion-pound investment to introduce first-class hygiene procedures.”