The Morrisons supermarket in the Merrion Centre is set for a massive multi-million pound expansion.
The transformation plan will see the supermarket move into the former Peacocks store next door, increasing the size by some 10,000sqft resulting in a completely changed layout and a number of brand new features.
We’ll be totally transforming the store – every aspect is being updated and improved.Andy Newton
Opened in 1972, the Merrion store was one of Morrisons first supermarkets and currently serves more than 50,000 customers a week.
Andy Newton, Morrisons Director of Format said: “We’ll be totally transforming the store – every aspect is being updated and improved. We will be making the format, layout and range much more relevant to shoppers who use it. It will be quicker and easier to shop whether you’re popping in for lunch or buying your weekly groceries.”
The new-look store will include a large Fresh-To-Go section featuring a range of hot and cold food and a Make Your Own Wrap bar to purchase pizza slices, hot soup, baked potatoes and takeaway coffee.
The current self-service checkouts will be replaced and will be spread out around the store in several locations making it simpler and quicker for shoppers to get in and out.
The Beers, Wines and Spirits section will be moved from its current separate location to be incorporated into the main store.
Work to transform the site will begin this month and be completed by late summer.
The investment in the Merrion Centre store comes just two months after Morrisons also opened two of its convenience stores, Morrisons M local, in the centre of Leeds on Infirmary Street and The Headrow.
Mr Newton added: “We are going to phase the work to avoid having to close the store and most importantly to minimise any disruption for our customers. We are looking forward to unveiling the changes and we think customers will like what they find.”
Edward Ziff, of Town Centre Securities PLC, owners of The Merrion Centre said: “This move will be a benefit for our shoppers and will complement the investments plans we have in place to improve the Merrion Centre.”